Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife have been found guilty of most of the dozens of public corruption charges they faced in a marathon trial centered on lavish gifts and loans from a wealthy businessman.
The former governor has been found guilty on 11 of the 13 charges against him. Former Virginia first lady Maureen McDonnell has been found guilty on nine of the 13 charges against her.
Courtroom observers said sobs broke out as the verdict was read; two jurors were seen wiping their eyes. Members of the McDonnell family were crying hysterically as the guilty counts were read.
The government had accused the McDonnells of doing special favors for Jonnie Williams, the former CEO of dietary supplement maker Star Scientific, Inc., in exchange for more than $177,000 in gifts and loans. Both of the McDonnells faced one count of conspiracy to commit honest-services wire fraud, three counts of honest-services wire fraud, one count of conspiracy to obtain property under color of official right, and six counts of obtaining property under color of official right.