Ex-Media Mogul Conrad Black sent back to prison

Reuters

CHICAGO (Reuters) - A U.S. judge on Friday ordered former media baron Conrad Black back to prison for 13 more months, cutting his original 6-1/2-year sentence nearly in half for remaining fraud and obstruction of justice convictions.

Judge Amy St. Eve of U.S. District Court, in pronouncing a total sentence of 42 months, told the 66-year-old member of Britain's House of Lords she was swayed by letters from fellow inmates and other factors in departing downward from federal sentencing guidelines.

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Black's wife, Barbara Amiel Black, collapsed immediately in her seat after St. Eve ruled, and was assisted out of the courtroom by medical personnel.

(Editing by Mary Wisniewski and Sandra Maler)