Former Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell has been sentenced to two years in prison following his conviction on 11 public corruption charges.
McDonnell was convicted Sept. 4 of trading access to the power of the governor’s office for more than $165,000 in loans and high-end gifts.
The former governor was found guilty in September on multiple counts of conspiracy, bribery and extortion.
Prosecutors had wanted him to spend more than 10 years in prison, but early in the four-hour hearing Judge James Spencer said federal officials misinterpreted the guidelines, contending the range was more like 78 to 97 months — 6½ to a little more than 8 years.
He thanked the Judge for being merciful on to him, while he described himself as ”a fallen human being.”
”I have made mistakes in my life. … But I have never, ever betrayed my sacred oath of office in any way while I served this great commonwealth.”
The former governor’s wife, Maureen who was tried at the same time as her husband, was convicted on nine of 13 charges filed against her. One of her convictions was later dropped. She sobbed as her husband left the courtroom.
McDonnell’s prison sentence will begin February 9, 2015. This sentence is accompanied by an $1,100 fine and two years of supervision after his release.
The charges, which are against both McDonnell and his wife Maureen, stemmed from favors the pair allegedly gave to a vitamin company CEO, Jonnie Williams, in exchange for more than $177,000 in gifts, such as shopping trips in New York and loans.
McDonnell’s attorneys are working on an appeal of the conviction.