With a final wave from the parking lot, former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich walked into the Federal Correctional Institution Englewood in Littleton, Colo., on Thursday and began serving his sentence of 14 years in prison for his conviction on corruption charges.
Blagojevich did not go gently into what is expected to be years out of the limelight he once inhabited so fully. Every step -- beginning with the morning's departure from his Chicago home, to the flight, to an unexpected stop for lunch -- was fully documented by local reporters who have long feasted on the charismatic politician.
In video footage at the end of the trail, Blagojevich is seen walking slowly from the parking lot, carrying a knapsack. He was accompanied by two of his attorneys as he gave a weak wave caught by photographers above in a helicopter.
Earlier, the former governor and sometime reality television star had boarded a black SUV at the airport for the drive to Littleton, part of suburban Denver.