McDonnell is the first
The former governor sobbed in court while the jury read the verdict, finally covering his face with his hands, according to people present in the courtroom.
Prosecutors filed 14 charges against McDonnell and his wife for accepting luxury gifts, clothing, travel and even loans from a rich
The 12-person jury acquitted the ex-governor of three of the charges, including two for bank fraud - specifically lying in documents regarding bank loans - but it found him guilty on the other 11, including "conspiracy to commit corruption" by accepting gifts and loans from Williams.
The McDonnells' trial began in July and during its course 67 witnesses testified to elucidate the relationship between the political couple and Williams, the owner of the Star Scientific food products firm.
That company managed to get access to top officials and to the governor's mansion to hold promotional events for food supplements that had not been approved by the
In addition, Williams' company even paid the wedding expenses for one of the McDonnells' daughters, according to trial testimony.
During the trial, the former governor insisted that he did not do anything illegal by accepting the gifts and obtaining the loans.
McDonnell, 59, was one of the most popular figures among Republicans before the scandal and it was rumored that he might even be a candidate for president in the 2016 elections.
His trial generated an enormous amount of media attention in
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