Former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell was found guilty today by a jury in Richmond, Virginia of 11 corruption counts. McDonnell's wife maureen, was found guilty on 8 corruption counts.
The verdict means that Robert McDonnell, who was already the first governor in Virginia history to be charged with a crime, now he holds an even more unwanted distinction: the first ever to be convicted of one. He and his wife face decades in federal prison, though their actual sentence will probably fall well short of that.
The former governor was convicted of 11 corruption-related counts pending against him, though acquitted of lying on loan documents. The former first lady was convicted of eight corruption-related charges, along with obstruction of justice. Maureen McDonnell was acquitted of lying on a loan document.
McDonnell and his wife face decades in federal prison.
12:30 PM PT: Udate: According to the Richmond Times Dispatch, McDonnel was found guilty on 11 of 13 counts and Maureen mcDonald guilty on 9 of 13 counts.
Both McDonnells sobbed openly, but quietly as the verdicts were read. Family members and supporters also wept openly. Sentencing will be Jan. 6 at 10 a.m.