Former VA Gov. McDonnell plans appeal to Supreme Court in corruption case

Former VA Gov. McDonnell plans appeal to Supreme Court in corruption case

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Lawyers for former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell say they plan to appeal his case to the U.S. Supreme Court after learning the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals denied his rehearing.

None of the three judges on the panel voted in favor of a rehearing on McDonnell's corruption convictions.

McDonnell has remained free while his latest appeal move was decided. The former Republican governor, once widely considered a possible running mate to former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, was sentenced in January to two years in prison.

A jury in September 2014 found McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, guilty of giving favors to former Star Scientific CEO Jonnie Williams in exchange for more than $165,000 in gifts and loans. McDonnell was sentenced to 24 months in prison in the political scandal. McDonnell claims he was unaware of his wife's lavish New York City shopping spree, paid for by Williams, among other gifts the McDonnells received.

Williams resigned from Star Scientific amid the scandal, and later testified against the McDonnells. Cross-examination revealed the government granted Williams immunity in July 2013, six months before the McDonnells were indicted.

During the trial, Bob McDonnell testified he and his wife Maureen were no longer living together and said they began living separate lives 20 years ago. He said their marriage began to fail as his political career began to take off.

Maureen McDonnell faces 12 months and one day in prison on her federal corruption charge.

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