Former Va. Gov. Gets Light Sentence For Corruption Charges
A federal judge sentenced Bob McDonnell to two years in prison Tuesday, although he faced decades behind bars at the outset of the trial.By Christian Bryant | January 6, 2015
A federal judge sentenced former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell to two years in prison after a jury convicted him and his wife of using the governor's office to help promote a friend's business — but his sentence isn't as long as prosecutors had hoped.
"I'm a fallen human being. I made mistakes in my life. I always try to put the best interests of the people first as governor, but I have failed at times," McDonnell told reporters after his sentencing.
The case against McDonnell stemmed from a federal investigation into gifts he and his wife Maureen received while he was in office. McDonnell was, at one point, seen as a GOP rising star, even being mentioned as Mitt Romney's possible running mate in the 2012 election. (Video via WRIC)