Hong Kong's former leader Donald Tsang Yam-kuen became the city's highest-ranked official to be put behind bars after he was sentenced on Wednesday to 20 months in prison for misconduct.
The city's former chief also faces a retrial, tentatively set for September, for a bribery charge that the jury failed to reach a verdict on last week.
Tsang closed his eyes as he heard his fate, while his family members in the public gallery appeared to be fighting back tears. His wife of almost 50 years, Selina Tsang Pou Siu-mei, cried after hearing her husband would be imprisoned.
More from the South China Morning Post:
Former leader Donald Tsang faces loss of honours
Donald Tsang's conviction a tragedy in so many ways
The rise and fall of 'Hong Kong boy' Donald Tsang
Mr Justice Andrew Chan Hing-wai cut Tsang's sentence to 20 months from an original 30, giving him credit for a life dedicated to public service, reinforced by a range of letters that "all speak with one voice to his commitment to servicing the people of Hong Kong".
"Never in my judicial career have I seen a man fallen from so high," Mr Justice Chan said during sentencing, as Tsang stood in the dock.
"In the present case, the seriousness lies in the position the defendant occupied: the office of the chief executive."
Chan said Tsang had breached the trust placed in him by both the people of Hong Kong and the people of China.