Bob McDonnell may be heading to prison

Updated: Aug. 20, 2015 at 2:31 PM EDT
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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - The U.S. 4th Circuit Court of Appeals has rejected former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell's request to stay out of prison while pursuing his Supreme Court case.

Click here to see the U.S. Circuit Court order

Bob McDonnell was convicted by a jury in September 2014 in a political scandal where he gave favors to former Star Scientific CEO Jonnie Williams in exchange for more than $165,000 in gifts and loans.

There is some uncertainty to what can happen next. The Bureau of Prisons can give him a date to report by and could select a facility for him.

He still has one more chance to keep his freedom. While appealing to the Supreme Court, he can ask SCOTUS to also keep him out of prison while the justices decide whether to take his case.

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Following Thursday's decision, McDonnell issued the following statement:

I am saddened by the Court's decision today to deny me freedom while I pursue vindication in the U.S. Supreme Court. I am innocent of these charges and will petition the U.S. Supreme Court for a grant of bond. I ask my exceptional friends across the nation to continue to support and pray for me and my family during this agonizing time. I thank God for His abundant grace and strength as I continue this difficult journey.

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

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