A verdict in the high stakes case of rising star in politics. Former governor bob Mcdonnell taking money and gifts and spending it all with his wife. Jeff Zeleny with what the jury decided. Reporter:... See More
A verdict in the high stakes case of rising star in politics. Former governor bob Mcdonnell taking money and gifts and spending it all with his wife. Jeff Zeleny with what the jury decided. Reporter: They had dreams of being president and first lady, but tonight, they're convicted felons. Former Virginia governor bob Mcdonnell and his wife Maureen -- found guilty of trading their power and prestige for luxury gifts and cash. Accused of giving the owner of a diet supplement company special access to government in exchange for rides in a ferrari, a Rolex watch, a fifth avenue shopping spree and tens of thousands of dollars in cash. The mcdonnells once sold themselves as the ideal political couple. He carried her over the threshold of the governor's mansion but in court he painted a stark picture of a broken marriage that left him spiritually and mentally exhausted, so bad, he said, that they were barely speaking and therefore could not have conspired to accept favors. Walking into court this afternoon, Mcdonnell smiled. I am sure they will do the right thing. Reporter: But when the verdict was read, he sobbed. The couple faces decades in prison. Jeff Zeleny, ABC news, Washington.
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