Ex-Ill. Gov. Ryan's family calls ruling 'cruel'

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FILE - In this March 6, 2006 file photo, Former Illinois Gov. George Ryan, left, arrives at federal court in Chicago for his racketeering and corruption trial with his wife, Lura Lynn, front, and chief defense counsel Dan K. Webb.  A federal judge Tuesday upheld former Illinois Gov. George Ryan’s fraud convictions and denied his request to be released from prison, bringing to an end his bid to spend his wife’s final days at her side. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)
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FILE - In this March 6, 2006 file photo, Former Illinois Gov. George Ryan, left, arrives at federal court …

George Ryan's son says the family is "tremendously saddened" by a judge's decision to keep the former Illinois governor in federal prison.

George Ryan Jr. spoke to reporters outside of the family home in Kankakee, Ill., on Tuesday afternoon after a federal judge upheld the ex-governor's conviction and denied his request to be released from prison.

Ryan called the judge's ruling "heartless and cruel." He says his parents are "devastated."

The former governor's wife of more than 50 years has been diagnosed with terminal cancer. Doctors have given her as few as three months to live.

George Ryan Jr. says his sister was taking their mother to her first radiation treatment Tuesday.

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