Sentencing guidelines suggested Nagin would receive 15 to 20 years in prison.
Judge Berrigan recommended Nagin serve his time at a minimum security federal detention center in Oakdale, Louisiana, currently home to former Rep. William Jefferson, former Alabama GovernorDon Siegelman, and former Enron CEO Andrew Fastow.
In February, a jury found Nagin guilty of taking hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes and other favors from businessmen looking for a break from his administration.
Of the 21 counts against him, he was convicted of 20.
“Today marks the end of a sad chapter for our city. The people of New Orleans are turning the page and moving forward,” said Mayor Mitch Landrieu.
Nagin served as the Mayor of New Orleans from 2002 to 2010.