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Virginia ex-first lady sentenced to prison for corruption

Friday, February 20, 2015 - 01:40

Former Virginia first lady Maureen McDonnell was sentenced on Friday to 12 months and one day in prison on federal corruption charges. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.

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Former Virginia first lady Maureen McDonnell heads into court Friday where she is sentenced to 12 months and one day in prison on federal corruption charges. During the sentencing hearing, U.S. District Judge James Spencer called the case "puzzling, sad and tragic and sometimes bizarre." He said that in the end that the first lady was "bedazzled by material possessions." Her attorney Randy Sanger says she is grateful. (SOUNDBITE) (English) RANDY SANGER, ATTORNEY FOR MAUREEN MCDONNELL, SAYING: "Maureen is also very grateful for Judge Spencer and the merciful sentence he gave to Governor McDonnell. That's the first thing she said in her allocution, I think that is the first thing she would want me to say on her behalf." He says she she owned up to her mistakes. (SOUNDBITE) (English) RANDY SANGER, ATTORNEY FOR MAUREEN MCDONNELL, SAYING: "I think what we say today was a fundamentally good woman as Judge Spencer said she loved their family. She gave everything for her family. She loved this Commonwealth and she issued a heartfelt apology. She made mistakes. She owned the mistakes that she made." Her estranged husband -- former governor Bob Mcdonnell was also on hand at the courthouse to lend support to his wife. Both Maureen and Bob McDonnell were convicted in their trial last summer and both are appealing their convictions.

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Virginia ex-first lady sentenced to prison for corruption

Friday, February 20, 2015 - 01:40