Ex-PM Berlusconi gets 4 years for tax evasion

Published: Oct 26 2012 10:17:02 AM EDT   Updated On: Oct 26 2012 11:10:27 AM EDT
Silvio Berlusconi
ROME (CNN) -

Italy's flamboyant former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi was sentenced Friday to four years in prison for tax fraud.

Berlusconi is likely to appeal the sentence handed down by the Milan court.

The case involved his Mediaset group and the purchase of TV rights.

Berlusconi, 76, resigned as prime minister last November over his country's debt crisis, bringing to an apparent end an 18-year era in which he dominated Italian politics.

He had survived a series of political, corruption and sex scandals over the years, involving allegations of embezzlement, tax fraud and bribery.

He also currently faces trial on charges that he hired an underage prostitute and later tried to pull strings to get her out of jail when she was arrested for theft.