A Year and a Day in Prison for Maureen McDonnell

A Year and a Day in Prison for Maureen McDonnell

Maureen McDonnell, former NFL cheerleader and estranged wife of disgraced former Virginia governor Bob McDonnell, has been sentenced to one year and one day in federal prison for her conviction on 8 felony counts of corruption. The former First Lady of the Old Dominion accepted lavish gifts from nutritional supplement manufacturer Jonnie Williams and helped him shill his snake oil, even staging a promotional event at the state’s Executive Mansion.

Mr. McDonnell, the first Virginia governor convicted of committing a felony while in office, has been sentenced to 2 years in prison and 2 years of federally supervised release for convictions on 11 counts of political corruption. Mr. &  Mrs. McD are both on the loose while appealing their convictions, and the ex-Governor is bunking with his parish priest.

In the Anglo-American law, felonies are traditionally punished by incarceration of over one year, so “a year and a day” is the conventional minimum. Moreover, under the U.S. Federal Code, sentences of more than one year allow prisoners to obtain early release for good behavior while incarcerated.

More:

“Ex-Va. first lady gets prison term of a year and a day,” Matt Zapotosky,, Rosalind S. Helderman and Rachel Weiner, Washington Post

“Virginia Ex-First Lady Gets Year in Prison for Corruption,” Andrew Zajac, Bloomberg News

“Virginia’s Former First Lady Maureen McDonnell Sentenced To 1 Year In Prison,” Bill Chappell, NPR News

“Former Virginia first lady Maureen McDonnell jailed for corruption,” Lauren Gambino, The Guardian

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