He also was sentenced to five years in prison on a money laundering conviction, but the judge probated that to 10 years of community supervision.
DeLay was taken into custody by Travis County deputies, but will be released on $10,000 bail pending appeal.
DeLay pleaded for himself before visiting District Judge Pat Priest.
“I don’t feel remorseful for something I don’t think I did,” DeLay told the judge.
Prosecutors urged Priest to sentence DeLay to prison immediately. But defense lawyer Dick DeGuerin said the case destroyed DeLay’s political career and life and that was punishment enough.