Both Bob and Maureen McDonnell bowed their heads and wept as a chorus of ``guiltys'' kept coming from court clerk.
The McDonnells endured weeks of testimony that included sordid details about their personal lives and their rocky marriage. But the verdict is a shocking result for a governor with a squeaky clean image and who was once considered as a vice-presidential candidate. He now becomes the first Virginia governor convicted of a crime.
The couple left the courtroom separately and remained apart. Bob McDonnell left
first and walked into a witness waiting room; Maureen McDonnell came out later,
hugging one of her daughters while weeping loudly. She went into a separate
``This is a difficult and disappointing day for the commonwealth and its citizens. Public service frequently requires sacrifice and almost always requires financial sacrifice,'' said Dana Boente, the U.S. attorney for the eastern district of Virginia.
The jurors all declined to speak to reporters as they left the courthouse through a back door.
``I just want to go home,'' said one unidentified juror.
The defense team said that the fight was far from over and that they would appeal.
Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, once on the short list to be Mitt Romney’s vice presidential running mate, was sentenced Tuesday to two years in federal prison for taking bribes to promote a dietary supplement.
The punishment was far below the 10 years prosecutors initially wanted, but still more than the community service the former governor, his defense team and hundreds of supporters argued for.
In a strong but somber voice, McDonnell told the judge before sentencing that he was “a heartbroken and humbled man” and that he holds himself accountable.
Washington Week's Webcast Extra from Sept. 5, 2014 discusses Bob McDonnell's fall from grace.