Transcript for Jesse Jackson Jr. Pleads Guilty, Apologizes to Famous Father
dramatic turn in the wheel of fortune for former congressman jesse jackson jr. Mree pleads guilty to lavish abuse of campaign money and offering a tearful apology to his famous father. Here's abc's seen yonior justice correspondent pierre thomas. Reporter: Today, congressman jesse jackson, jr. Left court in disgrace, breaking months of silence. It's not a proud day. I'm sorry I let everybody down. Reporter: The son of the iconic civil rights leader, and one-time presidential candidate, had been a rising star. Even speaking at the 2008 democratic national convention. But today, jackson was in court weeping as a convicted felon. He turned to his father to say I'm sorry. Jackson admitted to stealing $750,000 in campaign funds for personal gain. Morabilia from michael jackson, jimi hendrix and bruce lee. Furs, home furnishings, a rolex watch worth $43,000. Jackson now faces more than four years in prison, as part of his guilty plea, and likely will serve time. Not a future jackson or his father ever expected. Pierre thomas, abc news, washington.
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