Jesse Jackson Jr. has been sentenced to 30 months in prison for misusing nearly $750,000 in campaign funds.
His wife, Sandi Jackson, has received a 12 months sentence.
The Jacksons reportedly spent campaign money on entertainment and pop culture memorabilia, luxury items, and other frivolous expenses.
Jackson, the son of the civil rights leader Jesse Jackson, has requested to serve his time at a federal prison near Washington, D.C. His wife, Sandra, was also sentenced Wednesday to one year in prison. She has pleaded guilty to a related charge of filing false tax returns.
Jackson made an emotional plea to the judge Wednesday, wiping his eyes and blowing his nose as he asked the judge for some leniency. He apologized to his constituents and his family.
“If probation is not available to her, give me her time,” Jackson said, referring to his wife. He said he needed to be “as far away from everybody for a while that I could be.”
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