LISTEN: Applebaum pledge to court: I will be a better person

Audio has been released of former Montreal Mayor Michael Applebaum's statement to the court during last week's sentencing.

The 54 year old Applebaum told the judge he would be a model inmate and would emerge a better person.

He was sentenced to 1 year behind bars on corruption-related charges and also received 2 years probation.

Applebaum did not testify at his trial.

The charges against Applebaum stemmed from 2 separate land deals dating back to his time as borough mayor of Cote des Neiges-NDG.

He was found guilty of pocketing about $37,000 in kickbacks from developers and engineering firms.

Applebaum served as interim mayor of Montreal between November 2012 and June 2013.