>> Former US congressman Anthony Weiner openly weeping in a Manhattan courtroom Monday after being sentenced to 21 months in prison for his sexting scandal with a 15 year old girl in 2016. The 53 year old telling the judge he was quote, a very sick man for a long time, but hoping to avoid jail time for sending sexually explicit messages to a North Carolina minor.
Reuters reporter Brandon Pearson was in the courtroom.>> It was a very dramatic moment, it was a packed courtroom. Anthony Weiner had already been sort of fighting back tears as he read his prepared statement. He asked the judge that he be allowed to stay out of prison and instead be on probation so that he could continue receiving mental health treatment.
At the moment when the judge announced that sentence of 21 months, which was the low end of what the government was asking for, Anthony Weiner started to cry, he hung his head in his hands.>> The judge saying it was important to impose a sentence so that others would be deterred from committing similar crimes.
The investigation into Weiner's improper exchanges with the high school student inadvertently roiling the US presidential election. Emails found on Weiner's laptop forwarded from his wife Huma Abedin, an aide to candidate Hillary Clinton. Led then FBI Director James Comey to announce he was reopening the investigation into Clinton's use of a private email server just days before the election.
Clinton has claimed several times that Comey's announcement contributed to her loss to Donald Trump. Abedin has since filed for divorce. Weiner represented parts of New York City for 12 years in Congress, resigning in 2011 after it emerged he exchanged sexually explicit text messages with adult women. Weiner is said to surrender for his jail sentence on November 6th.