By Dan Noyes
11:40 am: Ward has until noon Friday to surrender to federal marshals.
11:26 am: Sentenced to 87 months
11:24 am: Ward told probation officer he was abused as a youngster from the fifth to seventh grade.
11:19 am: Ward speaks..." I take full responsibility. "
11:11 am: Prosecutor Steve Grocki: "he traded in the currency of human suffering, of children’s' suffering."
11:00 am: Ward's attorney says "this is one of the saddest, if not the saddest day of my career" and pleads for five year sentence.
10:57 am: Judge decides use of computer should be enhancement.
10:50 am: Defense now arguing Ward's use of computer should not add additional time to Ward's sentence, as prosecution argues.
10:48 am: Just spent several minutes discussing I-Team report about complaints when Ward was priest. Judge decides while they may go to character, the events happened too long ago to be relevant to sentencing.
10:46 am: Judge just officially accepted Ward's guilty plea. Discussing sentencing score.
10:37 am: More security than at last court appearance
10:33 am: Ward just walked into court with wife and three of their children. Hugged special friends. He's sitting in the third row. Wife and children in front row.
10:20 am: Court room opens
10:04 am: Ward arrived at 9:40 am. As he got out of the family SUV, his daughter hugged him and his wife and three of his four kids accompanied him into the federal building. Ward was stone-faced and didn't answer when I asked him, "Bernie, any words for your fans and supporters?"