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.