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Juror Speaks Out About McDonnell Trial Following Verdict

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RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) - After 17.5 hours of deliberations, a jury handed down the verdicts in the federal corruption case against former Va. governor Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, saying the couple was guilty of accepting more than $165,000 in gifts and loans from businessman Jonnie Williams.

One of the jurors on the case spoke with 8News reporter Parker Slaybaugh exclusively, asking us to hide their identity.

The juror explained that the jury gave the case a lot of thought. At the end of the day, the juror said that the jury knew the decision they had to make. They said the decision on the conspiracy to commit wire fraud charge was an easy one.

When asked about the couple's marriage, the member said the jury didn't buy it.

"We found it hard to believe, especially when we learned that he had only moved out a week before the trial and the enormous amounts of evidence the prosecution gave us of texts, emails and phone calls during this whole period," the juror said. ""I don't know if it was happy or unhappy but there was definitely communication between the two."

The juror insisted that the jury took their job seriously and knew the implications. The juror said they had a message for McDonnell after the verdict came down.
"We didn't take it lightly, it was hard for us but we did what we had to do based on the law and it doesn't mean that we didn't feel their pain or think about the ramifications that it's going to have on their life we did," the juror said. "That's what made so hard."

This juror said that the jury did look at Jonnie Williams' testimony differently since he'd been given immunity, but says they didn't think that he would have any reason to lie.

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