Tuesday, January 06, 2015

Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell receives 2 year prison sentence for public corruption

Bob McDonnell, Maureen McDonnellOn Tuesday, a federal judge sentenced former Virginia Republican Governor Bob McDonnell to 2 years in prison for public corruption. McDonnell is set to report to a federal prison by Feb. 9 to begin serving his sentence.

"It breaks my heart, but I have a duty I can't avoid," U.S. District Judge James Spencer said as he announced the sentence.

"I want to thank the court and Judge Spencer for the mercy he showed me today. I am a fallen human being. I have made mistakes in my life. But I have never betrayed my sacred oath of office while I served the commonwealth.

"I'm 60 years old. Whatever days the Lord allows me, I dedicate anew to the service of others," McDonnell said.

McDonnell's wife, Maureen was convicted on nine of 13 charges against her. She is scheduled to be sentenced on Feb. 20.

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