U.S. District Judge Susan Illston said while handing down her sentence, which includes a $10,000 fine, that she does not believe Jew's attempt to extort his former constituents out of $80,000 was just a "lapse in judgment or a poor decision," the San Francisco Chronicle reported Saturday.
"This was a corrupt act that was undertaken," Illston said Friday.
Jew's attorney, Stuart Hanlon, said his client was shocked with the judge's sentence, which exceeded the recommendation of prosecutors as part of Jew's guilty plea.
"He was ready to go to prison for 2 or 3 years, but 5 years? He finds it excessive," Hanlon told the Chronicle. "I think it will take a while to process this."
The newspaper said Jew will not have to turn himself over to authorities to begin the sentence until July 1.