More than five years after his indictment forced the former Republican Representative Tom DeLay of Texas to resign as House majority leader, the gavel came down on the Hammer. He was sentenced to three years in prison for conspiracy to commit money laundering and given 10 years' probation on a separate money-laundering charge. DeLay, 63, who began his congressional career in 1985, contends that his method of transferring funds to Texas legislature candidates in 2002 was legal. "I can't be remorseful for something I don't think I did," he said to the Texas state judge before the sentencing. DeLay is free on bail while he appeals the verdict.