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Leah Rubashkin reacts to husband's sentence


CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) -- Monday a federal judge released the sentencing terms for Sholom Rubashkin, one day ahead of the actual sentencing.

The former Agriprocessors manager is facing 27 years in prison, two years more than recommended by federal prosecutors.

He will also have to pay nearly $27 million in restitution.

Leah Rubashkin, Sholom Rubashkin's wife, exited the Linn County Correction Center with a smile. But, her smile does not explain her true feelings about her husband's latest sentencing.

"Obviously shocked, we didn't know what to expect," Leah said.

Last fall, the former Kosher plant manager was found guilty of 86 federal financial fraud charges. The defense asked for a six year sentence while the prosecution asked for 25 years.

"It's been a little bit of a roller coaster with a lot of things that have never happened before," Leah said.

Rubashkin's attorney says the 27 year sentence is excessive and the defense will appeal Rubashkin's conviction and sentencing. Meanwhile, Leah says they'll continue to move forward and stay hopeful about their future.

"We're trying to stay focused on the future. Sure the verdict came out, we were trying to appeal this case," Leah said.

The US Attorney spokesman declined to comment until the official sentencing is handed down Tuesday in Cedar Rapids.

Online Reporter: Lauren Squires
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