Ex-first lady Maureen McDonnell sentenced to 1 year

Bob and Maureen McDonnell (Associated Press photo)

Bob and Maureen McDonnell
(Associated Press photo)

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ Former Virginia first lady Maureen McDonnell has been sentenced to one year and one day in prison in a public corruption case that destroyed her husband’s political career. U.S. District Judge James Spencer sentenced McDonnell on eight counts Friday. Prosecutors asked for an 18-month sentence. Defense attorneys requested probation and 4,000 hours of community service. A jury in September found former Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife guilty of doing favors for a nutritional supplements executive in exchange for $165,000 in gifts and loans. The former Republican governor, once widely considered a possible Mitt Romney running mate, was sentenced last month to two years in prison. That was far less than the 10 years sought by prosecutors.

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