Ex-Governor of Virginia Gets 2-Year Sentence

Bob McDonnell going to prison after corruption conviction
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 6, 2015 2:23 PM CST
Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell arrives at federal court for sentencing in Richmond, Va., Tuesday.   (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

(Newser) – Bob McDonnell asked for community service but got two years in prison today for corruption during his days as governor of Virginia. Still, the judge went easier on him than federal sentencing guidelines suggested he should, and prosecutors had wanted 10 years. “I stand before you a heartbroken and humbled man,” McDonnell told Judge James Spencer in court before he was sentenced, reports the Washington Post. “I renew that deep expression of sorrow to the people of Virginia today."

McDonnell also asked the judge to show mercy to his wife, Maureen, who will be sentenced next month. “I’m now 60 years old," said McConnell. "All of the additional days that the Lord allows me … I dedicate them to the service of others." The McDonnells were convicted of essentially trading access to the governor's office in their dealings with businessman Jonnie Williams, who showered them with gifts and loans. The judge got about 450 letters from friends and supporters of McDonnell vouching for his integrity, reports WVEC-TV.

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