McDonnell rejected plea deal that would have spared his wife

Friday, January 24, 2014 - 9:41am

Former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell, who's set to appear for his arraignment in Richmond Friday morning, rejected a plea deal that would have spared his wife criminal charges, according to a source familiar with criminal case.

The McDonnell team asserted that they did not believe Justice Department could get a conviction against McDonnell at trial based on the evidence they had, the source added.

McDonnell, who left office earlier this month, and wife, Maureen, were indicted Tuesday on federal charges of accepting illegal gifts.

The McDonnells each face a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison if convicted. The 14-count indictment, culminating a lengthy investigation of their relationship with a Virginia business executive, alleges fraud by a public official, false statements, and obstruction.

The gifts have been valued at a minimum of $140,000 in total included designer clothes, a Rolex watch, golf clubs, iPhones and a painting, according to a list of items included in the indictment.


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