Defense: Ex-governor should volunteer, not go to prison

Former Virginia  Gov. Bob McDonnell

Former Virginia
Gov. Bob McDonnell

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell’s lawyers are asking a judge to order three years of community service for his corruption convictions while prosecutors are seeking a prison term of at least 10 years. Both sides filed their sentencing recommendations Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Richmond. McDonnell, a Republican who was once on the short list to be Mitt Romney’s vice presidential running mate, will be sentenced Jan. 6 for promoting a dietary supplement in exchange for more than $165,000 in gifts and loans. His wife, Maureen, also was convicted and will be sentenced Feb. 20. Defense attorneys call McDonnell’s offense “a total aberration.” Prosecutors counter that it wasn’t a single incident but a nearly two-year bribery conspiracy.

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