Transcript for Anthony Weiner sentenced to prison
We are back now with the displaced former congressman Anthony Weiner headed to prison. He was sentenced to 21 months for sending obscene messages to a 15-year-old girl. Linsey Davis with here with that. Reporter: He lost the chance to be New York City mayor and his wife. This morning, he is waking up to the reality that on top of everything else, he is now about to lose his freedom. Mr. Weiner, any comment? Reporter: Anthony Weiner, sullen and speechless emerging from a courtroom Monday where he was sentenced to 21 months in prison for sexting with a 15-year-old. The former congressman sobbing upon hearing the judge's decision. Only moments earlier, he told the judge through tears that he had hit rock bottom and was a changed man, saying, I was a very sick man for a very long time. Weiner was hoping to avoid any jail time, looking for probation. His lawyers arguing he is on his way to recovery and would not receive proper therapy inside prison. The judge rejected that saying he has a sexual compulsivity disease, and he deserves punishment. He may not be responsible for his disorder, but he was and is responsible for his treatment, and he did not get to that soon enough, and he has hurt people as a result, and he must take the consequences. Reporter: Earlier this year, Weiner pled guilty to one count of transferring obscene material to a minor. His teenage victim appeared earlier this month. I just sent him a nice message, just hello. I'm a huge fan. Reporter: His texts change from, your body is pretty insane. I thought you this A.M., to this picture of him with his son. Weiner's sentencing is the culmination of a downfall. In 2011, he had to resign from his congressional seat after inadvertently showing a picture of him in his underwear. Is that a photograph of you? Here's all that I can do. I said, let's try to figure out who, how, what this -- how this prank went down, and how we make sure it doesn't happen again. Reporter: Weiner's wife was not present at the courtroom, but submitted a letter to the judge saying, I am devastated by Anthony's ABCs and I understand he must face consequences. However, as a mother, I will do and always will do anything to help my son be as safe, happy, healthy and complete as possible. Weiner will have to go to jail by November 6th and register as a sex offender. Let's bring in Dan Abrams, and Nancy grace. The judge sending a message here? This is the low end. Remember, they are just a recommendation. They are not binding. Here's what Weiner had going for him. He pled guilty and didn't try and meet with this girl. There was no child porn found on his computer. Does it matter she initiated this? I don't think so. I don't think the judge thought so either. The bottom line is while this is the bottom end of the sentencing guidelines, this is a tough sentence considering the facts here. If he hadn't been Anthony Weiner, he would have ended up with a lesser sentence. Nancy? I have to tell you I am deeply disheartened by this sentence. For Dan Abrams to say this is not child porn. He asked a girl to strip naked and fondle herself. Right. So Nancy -- right. How do you differentiate it? He was looking -- Repeat what I said. There was no child porn found on his computer. Found on his computer. Yes, I heard you, and if that's your -- Making sure you got it right. Good luck. What I'm saying is -- yeah. I got it right. But did you get it right? He asked this girl to strip naked, which she did, and touch herself as he watched on Skype and Snapchat. He could have gotten ten years. He got a couple of months. They asked for 27 months. He got 21 months. Yes, I'm disheartened. I'm very disheartened, and he will repeat offend. No one gets ten years for this. The bottom line is, you know, I did a bunch of research looking at the other cases. Some people got tougher sentences than this one. Much tougher sentences. With anything like this fact pattern, Nancy, no one gets ten years. A minor girl to strip naked and fondle herself? Can we agree on something? Let's agree this is really bad. Let's agree Anthony Weiner deserves prison time. Now let's talk about -- now let's talk about how much -- how much time he deserves, right? Does it matter to you he pled guilty? Does he get credit for that? Well, let me tell you this. He was caught red-handed. What could he do? He tried to blame the girl. He tried to use as a defense he was texting 19 other women at the time. How did that help? He claimed he didn't meet the girl. Look. Here's the deal. He has done this many, many times. He pled guilty to one time. I am not impressed. The judge has spoken, so both of you, I don't think you're going to agree. Thanks very much.
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