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Jesse Jackson Jr., Wife, to Plead Guilty

Feb 20, 2013

Former U.S. Rep Jesse Jackson Jr. and his wife entered a federal courthouse in Washington Wednesday to plead to misusing campaign funds.

The 47-year-old son of civil rights activist Rev. Jesse Louis Jackson Sr. was expected to plead guilty to spending more than $750,000 in campaign funds on entertainment and civil rights memorabilia and luxury items including mink capes, fur coats and a $43,000 gold Rolex watch.

A Jackson lawyer confirmed late Tuesday the former congressman would enter a guilty plea and a lawyer for former Chicago alderman Sandi Jackson confirmed she could enter a guilty plea to federal tax fraud charges. Both Jacksons reached plea agreements with prosecutors, WLS-TV, Chicago, reported.

Jackson Jr., who took a leave of absence from Congress last June for treatment of bipolar disorder, faces up to five years in prison, the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia said. Sandi Jackson, 49, could be sentenced to three years in prison.

Jackson resigned from the House of Representatives in November after 17 years representing Illinois' 2nd Congressional District.

Sandi Jackson was elected twice as alderman of Chicago's 7th Ward even though the couple lived at a Washington townhouse much of the time. She wife resigned as alderman in January.

The couple have a 12-year-old daughter and 9-year-old son.

Source: Copyright United Press International 2013