Houston, Jan 11 (Agencies): Former US House Majority leader Tom DeLay has been sentenced to three years in prison after being convicted on charges of conspiracy to commit money laundering in a scheme to illegally funnel corporate money for Republican candidates.

He also was sentenced to five years in prison on Monday on a money laundering conviction, but the judge probated that to 10 years of community supervision.

DeLay was taken into custody by Travis County deputies, but will be released on USD 10,000 bail pending appeal. He pleaded for himself before visiting District Judge Pat Priest.

"I don't feel remorseful for something I don't think I did," DeLay told the judge.
During his political life, DeLay has always been a bold partisan, his nickname was "The Hammer," for his ability to enforce party discipline and not one to shy away from the limelight.

Defence lawyer Dick DeGuerin said the case destroyed DeLay's political career and life and that the punishment was enough.

DeGuerin promised to appeal DeLay's conviction.