Bob McDonnell, the former Republican governor of Virginia, was sentenced to two years in prison by a federal judge Tuesday after being convicted last year on multiple corruption charges. McDonnell was charged with trading favors for $177,000 worth of loans, vacations, and other personal gifts from Jonnie Williams, a family friend looking to promote his vitamin-supplement business. McDonnell’s wife, Maureen, was also convicted on corruption charges and will be sentenced Feb. 20. “I stand before you a heartbroken and humble man,” McDonnell told the judge in court, adding that he had repeatedly apologized for his interactions with Williams. “I renew that deep expression of sorrow to the people of Virginia today,” he said. Prosecutors sought a minimum of 10 years behind bars for McDonnell, who was once considered to be a potential vice-presidential candidate for the GOP.
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