Ex-Virginia Gov. McDonnell, Wife, Found Guilty in Corruption Trial
Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell has been found guilty on 11 corruption charges, and his wife, Maureen, has been found guilty on nine of 13 charges.
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The jury's decision marks a stunning fall from grace for the former Republican governor, who once was considered a possible running mate for presidential candidate Mitt Romney in 2012.
Both Bob and Maureen McDonnell bowed their heads and wept as a stream of "guiltys" kept coming from the court clerk.
The governor was accused of doing favors for a wealthy vitamin executive, Jonnie Williams, in exchange for the gifts and loans. The husband and wife were found guilty on most counts against them.
A federal jury in Richmond returned the verdicts Thursday after a five-week trial and three days of deliberations.
The defense sought to convince the jury that the couple could not have conspired because they were barely speaking. The ex-governor testified in his own defense and denied criminal wrongdoing.
Williams testified under immunity as the prosecution's star witness.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.