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Ex-CEO Scrushy gets prison sentence trimmed

Disgraced health care executive Richard Scrushy has been re-sentenced to a reduced term of 70 months, or nearly six years, in prison.

The former HealthSouth CEO's lawyers argued for less time at a hearing Wednesday on his 2006 bribery conviction.

He was originally sentenced to almost seven years but was granted the new hearing when an appeals court dropped two charges.

Prosecutors had asked U.S. District Judge Mark Fuller for 82 months. Scrushy's lawyers wanted 63 months. Either way, Scrushy would return to prison but could soon be eligible for a halfway house if his lawyers prevail.

Scrushy and former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman were convicted in what prosecutors said was a scheme involving donations to Siegelman's campaign for a statewide lottery.