Former GOP Gov. McDonnell and wife found guilty on federal corruption charges
A federal jury found former Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell and his wife guilty of corruption on Thursday for accepting loans and gifts from a businessman to endorse his healthcare products.
McDonnell, a Republican, was found guilty of 11 of 14 charges. His wife, Maureen, was convicted of nine of 14 counts, including obstruction of justice.
McDonnell, who left office in January, stood with his head bowed during the reading of the verdict in U.S. District Court. The repeated word “guilty” brought gasps and wails from the packed courtroom, and family members burst into tears.
The indictment charged that McDonnell and his wife, who have been living separately during the trial and say they are estranged, received $177,000 in sweetheart loans and lavish gifts from dietary supplement entrepreneur Jonnie Williams Sr.
Prosecutors contended McDonnell and his wife, both 60, conspired to use the governor’s office to promote Williams’ company and its leading brand, the anti-inflammatory medication Anatabloc.
The jury of seven men and five women deliberated more than 17 hours before delivering the verdict. Sentencing is scheduled for Jan. 6.
(Reporting by Gary Robertson; Editing by Ian Simpson, Doina Chiacu and Eric Beech)