Prosecutors called him a conniving businessman whose conduct contributed to the fog of corruption that enveloped the U.N. oil-for-food program. But a federal judge saw Texas oilman Oscar Wyatt Jr. as an extraordinary man driven to break the program’s rules because of his strong dislike for U.S. policy in Iraq.

U.S. District Judge Denny Chin sentenced the 83-year-old Wyatt on Tuesday to a year and a day in prison — less than the year and a half to two years to which Wyatt had agreed when he pleaded guilty to conspiracy last month. Wyatt also agreed to forfeit $11 million.