Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert leaves a Chicago courthouse after pleading guilty in a hush-money case. In exchange for the guilty plea, federal prosecutors recommended Hastert serve up to six months in prison. The 73-year-old pleaded guilty to a federal financial crime stemming from allegations of sexual misconduct. Hastert admitted to paying $1.7 million in cash to an individual he had known for decades in order to buy that person's silence and to compensate that individual for the misconduct. Flanked by his attorneys during the 20 minute hearing, the former speaker told the judge he knew what he was doing was wrong. The judge could potentially sentence Hastert to up to five years in prison with a $250,000 fine.