UPDATE 5:00 p.m. -- Former Monroe City Councilmen Robert "Red" Stevens and Arthur Gilmore now face time in federal prison.
The sentence came down in the U.S. Courthouse in Shreveport on Thursday after the two were convicted of taking bribes while in office.
The sentenciong took less than 15 minutes.
Neither Gilmore nor Stevens made statements before the judge, but their attorneys asked for leniency in the sentences.
"It's hard to say we're pleased anytime someone's looking at a jail sentence," Gilmore's Attorney, Charles Kincade, said.
The judge said the punishment will be sufficient, telling both Gilmore and Stevens: "You are a corrupted public official, someone who violated their oath of office."
But Thursday's sentence was less than what they could have gotten.
Gilmore and Stevens faced up to 20 years in federal prison and a fine of $250,000.
Now, Gilmore faces 24 months in federal prison, Stevens 20 months.
"We're very pleased," said Kincade. "The judge went below the guidelines. That is extremely unusual. That is extremely rare."
After serving time, both Gilmore and Stevens are ordered to serve three years of supervised release.
During that time, neither can hold a public office or possess a firearm and they must periodically report to a federal parole officer.
Kincade said they will appeal this sentence within the next few days.
He said what they're appealing is not necessarily the sentencing.
They want to appeal the conviction and the trial itself.
"Mainly going to be focusing on the trial and the appeal. Specifically, the failure to give the entrapment defense, which we think is appropriate in this case, so we're going to be focusing on the guilt aspect," said Kincade.
Barring any appeal, both Gilmore and Stevens must voluntarily surrender themselves to the federal prison nearest them by 2 p.m. on November 4th.
Breaking News:Two former Monroe City Councilmen will both be spending at least 20 months in a federal prison.
Arthur Gilmore was sentenced to 24 months in federal prison, Arthur "Red" Stevens was sentenced to 20 months in federal prison.
Both men will have three years supervised released when they are released from prison. Neither men can hold office or possess a firearm during that time.
They must also periodically report for a federal parole officer.
Neither men were issued fines.
Both men have to report to a federal prison by November 4. The location of that prison has not been determined.
Charles Kincade, lawyer for Arthur Gilmore, says they will be filing an appeal in the next couple of days.
This has been a long process, but in the end, after two trials, the jury and the judge heard the evidence and justice prevailed,” U.S. Attorney Stephanie A. Finley said in a statement. “These defendants abused their positions as public officials, and by selling their votes, violated the law and betrayed the community they were elected to represent.”
KTVE/KARD's Nick Lawton will have a full report from Shreveport tonight at 5p & 6p.
Two former Monroe City Councilmen will be sentenced in federal court this week for accepting bribes.
Arthur Gilmore and Robert 'Red" Stevens were originally sentenced in May of 2011. Earlier this year both were granted a new trial, but in May Stevens pleaded guilty to accepting cash payments.
Gilmore's trial continued as planned and he was later found guilty.
Both are scheduled to sentenced on Thursday at 11 a.m. at the federal courthouse in Shreveport.
Both are facing 20 years in prison and a fine of $250,000.
KTVE/KARD will have a crew at the sentencing and will have updates on www.myarklamiss.com.