Sal 8, McDonough 7

It could have been much worse for Sal.

Salvatore DiMasi, once arguably the most powerful man in Massachusetts, was hit Friday with an eight-year jail sentence for his conviction on charges that he sold his office for personal gain, the harshest punishment ever doled out in a Massachusetts public corruption case.

U.S. District Court Judge Mark Wolf said DiMasi may self-report to prison in six to eight weeks. He said the sentence will be carried out at a correctional facility at Devens and will be followed by two years of supervised release.

While the former speaker of the house won't have to worry about paying the rent for the next several years, his wife and stepdaughter will - perhaps the most devastating part for him.

Veteran Beacon Hill lobbyist Richard McDonough, also 66, was convicted in the scheme as well. Wolf sentenced McDonough – once a powerful agent for Anheuser-Busch, Suffolk Downs and other prominent Massachusetts interests – to seven years in prison.