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Jan 6, 2015 2:56 PM

Ex-Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell gets 2 years for corruption

The Associated Press

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) After former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell was sentenced to two years in prison for corruption, he apologized for his mistakes but says he didn't violate his oath of office and will continue to fight to prove his innocence.

McDonnell made the remarks on the federal courthouse steps in Richmond. At his sentencing hearing earlier Tuesday, he told the judge he was a heartbroken and humbled man who let his life get way out of balance.

The judge's punishment was far below the 10 years prosecutors initially wanted, but still more than the community service the former governor and hundreds of supporters asked for.

McDonnell is to report to prison by Feb. 9. His wife, who was convicted on eight counts of corruption, will be sentenced Feb. 20.


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