Former Virginia governor Bob McDonnell arrives at court in a show of support for his wife, saying he ''hopes the trend of mercy continues'' as his wife is sentenced to a year in prison on corruption charges. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION). STORY: Former Virginia first lady Maureen McDonnell was sentenced on Friday to 12 months and one day in prison on a federal corruption conviction. McDonnell was sentenced in U.S. District Court. She was convicted in September along with her estranged husband, former Republican Governor Robert McDonnell, for accepting sweetheart loans and lavish gifts from a businessman in exchange for promoting his company's main product, an anti-inflammatory treatment. Maureen McDonnell was convicted of nine counts of corruption, but a judge dismissed an obstruction of justice charge in December. Robert McDonnell, a Republican, was convicted on 11 counts and sentenced to two years in prison last month, far below the 10- to 12-year term prosecutors had sought. He is free pending an appeal. The gifts to the couple from Williams, the chief executive of Star Scientific Inc, included a $6,500 Rolex watch, wedding and engagement presents and golf outings and equipment. He provided a $50,000 loan and a $15,000 "gift" to cover wedding expenses for McDonnell's daughter. He also gave a $70,000 loan to a corporation that the governor and his sister used to manage beach properties.