McDonnell files notice of appeal in corruption case

McDonnell files notice of appeal in corruption case

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell formally filed a notice of appeal on Tuesday of his conviction on corruption charges last year.

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The notice begins the official appeals process, though the official appeal will be filed sometime down the road depending on when the transcripts are finalized. The federal court will determine a date for when the appeal paperwork must be filed.

The filing comes on the same day a judge denied a motion for his release pending appeal. He must now report to prison on February 9.

U.S. District Judge James R. Spencer sentenced McDonnell to two years in prison last week following a nearly five-hour sentencing hearing. Spencer recommended the low-security Petersburg Federal Correctional Complex, the facility found closest to McDonnell's Glen Allen home.

Prosecutors said McDonnell accepted $177,000 in gifts and loans from Virginia businessman Jonnie Williams, in exchange for privileged access to the governor's administration.

Maureen McDonnell is scheduled on February 20 on eight criminal convictions. Gov. McDonnell asked for mercy to be granted to his wife at his sentencing. All indications project a sentence that will be more lenient than her husband's punishment.

There is currently a proposal within the General Assembly to cap gifts at $100 for all state legislators and Virginia government officials. The 2015 session begins Wednesday.

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