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Ex-Virginia Governor Likely to Get Minimum 10 Years

Bob McDonnell will be sentenced next month for corruption
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 13, 2014 6:26 AM CST

(Newser) – Bob McDonnell is going to spend more than twice as long as a federal inmate than he did as governor of Virginia if the sentencing judge follows federal recommendations. The US Probation Office has recommended McDonnell—who was convicted of corruption in September—serve a minimum of 10 years and a month and a maximum of 12 years and 7 months, insiders tell the Washington Post. The judge who will sentence McDonnell on Jan. 6 is known for following the federal recommendations closely, the sources say.

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McDonnell's wife, Maureen, who was also found guilty of accepting gifts and loans from businessman Jonnie Williams, will be sentenced in February and is expected to get a lighter sentence than her husband. The judge who will sentence McDonnell has allowed the former governor's lawyers to file a 50-page sentencing memorandum, 20 pages more than usually allowed, because they say they want to write about his "entire life," reports the Richmond Times-Dispatch. McDonnell, the first Virginia governor ever convicted of a felony, stands to lose his government pension under a law he signed himself. (Read more Virginia stories.)

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