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McDonnell Trial: McDonnells Found GUILTY on Several Counts

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RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) - After days of deliberation, the jury in the federal corruption case of former Virginia governor Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, has brought down a verdict.

Here's a breakdown of the verdict:

Count 1: Conspiracy to commit honest services wire fraud: Both guilty

Count 2: Honest Services wire fraud - $15,000 wedding check: Both guilty

Count 3: Home Services wire fraud: Maureen/Bob $50,000: Both guilty

Count 4: Honest Services wire fraud: Maureen/Bob $20,000: Bob guilty, Maureen not guilty

Count 5: Conspiracy to obtain property under color of official right: Both guilty

Count 6: Obtaining property under color of official right: $50,000 in 2011 to MGM Both guilty.

Count 7: Obtaining property under color of official right: $15,000 wedding check: Both guilty.

Count 8: Obtaining property under color of official right: $2,380 Kinloch 5/29/2011 Both guilty.

Count 9: Obtaining property under color of official right: $1,424 Kinloch Bob guilty, Maureen not guilty

Count 10: Obtaining property under color of official right: $50,000 Maureen/Bob: Both guilty

Count 11: Obtaining property under color of official right: $20,000 Maureen/Bob: Bob guilty, Maureen not guilty

Count 12: False statement to Towneback on 10/03/2013 (ONLY BOB'S CHARGE): Not guilty

Count 13: False statement to PenFed on 2/01/2013 - Both not guilty

Count 14: Obstruction of an official proceeding (ONLY MAUREEN'S CHARGE) guilty.

Sentencing will take place on January 6, 2015.

The McDonnells were charged in a 14-count indictment with accepting more than $165,000 in gifts and loans from Star Scientific CEO Williams in exchange for promoting his company's supposed cure-all, the tobacco-derived anti-inflammatory Anatabloc. They could face decades in prison if convicted.

Bob McDonnell calmly and confidently testified in his own defense, saying the couple did nothing illegal and extended courtesies to Williams like any other elected official would.

Williams, the prosecution's star witness, testified under immunity that he spent lavishly on the McDonnells only to secure their support as he sought credibility for Anatabloc, a vitamin by Star Scientific, and state-backed research on its effectiveness.
One of the gifts was a $6,500 Rolex watch that Williams said the first lady asked him to buy. She gave it to her husband for Christmas.



"I shouldn't have had to buy things like that to get the help I needed," Williams testified.

He also spent $15,000 on catering for a McDonnell daughter's wedding and about $3,200 on golf outings for Bob McDonnell and his sons. Williams treated the McDonnells to a family vacation that included use of his Ferrari and issued three loans: $50,000 to Maureen McDonnell, which she used to pay credit cards bills and buy Star Scientific stock, and two checks totaling $70,000 to MoBo Realty, the money-losing Virginia Beach vacation rental house owned by Bob McDonnell and his sister.

McDonnell acknowledged using bad judgment but again denied any criminal wrongdoing.

Williams testified he only spent all that money to get their help, but McDonnell maintains that Williams got no special treatment. McDonnell also said that he and Maureen looked at Williams as a personal friend rather than a donor.

Prosecutors argued, however, that a product launch event at the governor's mansion was outside the norm. They also cited several instances of Maureen McDonnell, and to a lesser degree her husband, promoting Anatabloc at various events. Bob McDonnell's arrangement of a meeting between Williams and the state's top health official also was one of the "official acts" prosecutors say benefited Williams.

Maureen McDonnell, whose reputation took a beating from a parade of witnesses who talked about her frequent angry outbursts, anxiety and depression, did not testify. One former employee acknowledged telling investigators her old boss was "a nutbag."

Bob McDonnell also testified about his marital problems, saying he got in the habit of working late to avoid his wife's rage and that the two were living apart during the trial. However, prosecutors say the marriage wasn't as torn as they're making it out to be and that the McDonnells tried to hide some of the gifts and loans in question.

The McDonnells could face decades of prison time. After the verdict, a juror provided a statement exclusively to 8News through social media.

“We took our jury duty very serious. We looked at this as a big responsibility. We relied on the law and the facts presented to make our decisions. It was not easy... it was a difficult decision but one that had to be made if we followed the law pertaining to each charge.”

Current Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe issued a statement shortly after the verdict came down.

“I am deeply saddened by the events of the trial that ended in today's verdict, and the impact it has had on our Commonwealth's reputation for honesty and clean government.

“Dorothy and I will continue to pray for the McDonnell family and for everyone who was affected by this trial."


Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring also issued a statement that was released to media today.

"We have a long way to go to restore the public's trust after this embarrassing and difficult period for the Commonwealth of Virginia. If there was somehow still any doubt, it should be crystal clear that the people of Virginia deserve real ethics reform that will turn off the spigot of gifts, tickets, and trips that opens the door to abuse and undermines public confidence in our government. That's why on the day I was sworn in I implemented a strict gift ban and ethics policy for the Office of the Attorney General. It applies to me, my family, and employees and it says no gifts worth $25 or more, no more than $100 from any person in a year, and it doesn't distinguish between tangible and intangible gifts. In the upcoming legislative session, I hope the General Assembly will move much closer to the gift bans that Governor McAuliffe and I have implemented."

Virginia Senator Mark Warner released a statement to media on Thursday following the verdict.

"The jury has spoken. This is a sad day for Virginia. I have known and worked with Bob McDonnell for more than 20 years, and my thoughts today are with Bob, Maureen, and their children. I urge all Virginians to keep the McDonnell family in their prayers."


Later, State Senator Donald McEachin on Henrico County responded to the verdict in a statement.

"Today is a sad day for our Commonwealth. The jury has spoken after hearing twenty-four days' worth of evidence. The best thing we in the legislature can do is to move forward, turning our attention to the future - and to the issues that Virginians elect us to address. We should all keep the McDonnells in our thoughts and prayers, particularly their children."

Bob McDonnell, who had been invited to join the teaching staff of Liberty University in Lynchburg. According to university president Jerry Falwell, Jr., McDonnell had not been scheduled to return to campus as a distinguished visiting professor for this semester and that he was only scheduled for the spring.

He added that McDonnell is not scheduled to come back at this time moving forward

Copyright 2014 by Young Broadcasting of Richmond

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