A jury of seven men and five women Thursday afternoon convicted former Gov. Bob McDonnell and his former pro football cheerleader wife Maureen of multiple counts of corruption in office.
McDonnell, who tired to blame the entire affair on his wife, is the first governor in Virginia history to be convicted of a felony.
He and his wife face long prison sentences and possible costly fines. Both are expected to appeal.
The conviction on jury’s third day of deliberations on the 28th day of the court’s long session culminates a long and tawdry tale of fast talking, slow admissions and long, often contentious and contradictory legal maneuvers by an expensive defense team that predicted an acquittal.
The jury convicted the former governor of 11 of 13 counts and his wife nine of 13, providing prosecutors a stunning record in a case that some expected wasn’t that strong.
“Bob McDonnell gave the performance of his life on the witness stand,” said GOP consultant Al Nording. “But it wasn’t enough to sell the jury on his tales.”
Testimony revealed a governor living a rich life he couldn’t afford, even with more than $155,000 in cash, loans and gifts from former Star Scientific CEO Jonnie Williams.
The couple lived in style while the governor claimed on the stand that they hardly spoke. Yet she sat by his side while riding in Williams’ Ferrari with her husband at the wheel and she talked Williams into paying for a Rolex for the governor.
Williams provided loans of $50,000 to a real estate trust owned by the former first couple along with other lavish gifts. He also paid for catering for the wedding of their daughter.
Both McDonnells were convicted of conspiracy to commit honest services wire fraud, honest-services wire fraud, conspiracy to obtain property under color of official right, obtaining property under color of official right.
Bob McDonnell was found not guilty of making a false statement on a financial document and both McDonnells were cleared of making a false statement on a financial document. Maureen McDonnell was found guilty of obstruction of an official proceeding.