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Jackson Jr. Sentenced to 30 Months, Wife Gets 12 Months

Aug. 14, 2013

A federal judge Wednesday sentenced former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., D-Ill., to 30 months in prison for misappropriating $750,000 in campaign funds.

A tearful Jackson apologized for his conduct and pleaded for leniency for him and his wife.

Jackson's wife, Sandi, was sentenced to 12 months in prison after the U.S. District Judge Amy Berman rejected her plea for probation, telling her, "It is not the court that put your children in this position."

Jackson Jr. -- who served in Congress for 17 years before resigning in 2012 -- said this month he intends pay a $750,000 forfeiture in 90 to 180 days, despite the prospect of prison for looting his campaign treasury to purchase luxury items.

Federal prosecutors were seeking a term of four years for Jackson and 18 months for his wife for failing to report approximately $600,000 in income on the couple's tax returns.

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