New York State Sen. Carl Kruger was sentenced to 7 years in jail after pleading guilty to four criminal counts in the infamous an influence peddling case.

Kruger, 62, said that he was "broken" and said that he had destroyed the lives of those close to him.

Once one of the most powerful men in Albany, Kruger pleaded guilty in December before a Manhattan federal court judge. He admitted to unfairly helping a developer, a lobbyist and two hospital executives in the apparent bribery scheme.

The 62-year-old lawmaker joined the Senate in 1994 and developed powerful associations with real estate developers, for whom he pushed through legislation and siphoned state funds.

Kruger represented District 27 in the New York State Senate, which comprises Brighton Beach, Sheepshead Bay, Gravesend, Bergen Beach, Mill Basin, and Midwood, among other neighborhoods found within his native Brooklyn.