RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell will be allowed to remain free while his case makes its way through the appeals process, a federal appeals court ruled on Monday.
The order from the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond means McDonnell no longer has to begin his two-year prison sentence on February 9.
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Instead briefs on the appeal will need to be filed by March 2 in advance of a May 12 hearing.
The court ruled McDonnell is not a flight risk or danger to the community and the appeal is "not for the purpose of delay and raises a substantive question of law or fact."
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McDonnell issued a statement Monday afternoon thanking the court for granting him his freedom during the appeal process:
"I am grateful for today's ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit allowing me to remain free on bond pending my appeal. I plan to spend time with my new granddaughter who was born this month, attend my sons' graduation ceremonies, and embrace family time with my daughters. I want to thank my family, friends and legal team for their tireless support and unwavering belief in my innocence. At this time our family requests privacy."