Developing. . .
A verdict has been reached in the fraud and corruption trial of former Virginia governor Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen.
After a five week trial, jurors in Richmond have concluded deliberations as we await the complete reading of the verdict. The couple was proven guilty of one, two , three and five public corruption charges. Both the former governor and former first lady Mrs. McDonnell are guilty of count four. There are 11 counts of guilty for Mr. McDonnell and nine for Mrs. McDonnell.
The McDonnells were charged in a 14-count indictment (including conspiracy, bribery, and extortion) surrounding the alleged quid pro qou relationship with Jonnie Williams (owner of a Virginia based diet supplement company, Star Scientific). The couple was accused as accepting loans and gifts totaling approximately $117,000, in exchange for favors.
Five women and seven men deliberated for almost 18 hours since Tuesday, returning a verdict in a relatively short time after considering the testimonies of 67 witnesses and copious pages of written documentation.
This post will be updated as more counts are read.
Updated 6:55 EST. Sept. 4, 2014
Bob McDonnel became the first governor of Virginia to be charged and convicted of a crime today. The entire McDonnell family all had a deeply emotional reaction to the decision. Jeff Goldberg of WJLA News Channel 7 said the former governor was sobbing with his head in his hands when the verdict was read. The family cried almost uncontrollably while Maureen remained stoic, but also shed tears.
The verdict was unanimous.
As he left the court room, McDonnell had only this to say" "My Trust remains in the Lord." Telling reporters, "Thank you all for the way you’ve handled this. I really appreciate it."
The case revealed the dysfunction in the McDonnell household and details that tarnished the ex-governor's legacy.
Sentencing is scheduled to take place on Jan. 6, 2015. The McDonnell's attorney said, "We are very disappointed, but we are not deterred. This fight is are from over."