Verdict: McDonnells Found Guilty

Weeks of testimony the trial involving former governor Bob McDonnell and his wife Maureen finally came to a close as the jury’s guilty verdict was announced on Thursday, reports The New York Times.

The case has ruined McDonnell, who was once thought to have a shot at a 2016 presidential run, while exposing deeply personal and embarrassing woes regarding the state of his marriage to the former first lady of Virginia.

On Thursday, the jury announced that they had found McDonnell guilty on eleven counts of conspiracy, bribery and extortion while his wife was convicted of nine counts. The jury, comprised of seven men and five women, took three days to deliberate. The McDonnells both have the potential of facing years of jail time.

The testimony from the McDonnells that their broken marriage lead them to not be able to properly communicate, much less conspire to lend the power of the office of the governor, failed to convince the jury of their innocence.

The sentencing of the McDonnells is set for early January.

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