Former Gov. Bob McDonnell of Virginia was found guilty Thursday on 11 counts of corruption, and his wife Maureen guilty of eight counts, the Washington Post reported. The couple openly sobbed when the verdicts were read.
McDonnell, a Republican, and his wife were indicted in federal court in Richmond on 14 counts of conspiracy, bribery, extortion and related charges that were all a part of what prosecutors said was their plan to sell the office of the governor. Most of the charges centered on the couple's relationship with businessman Jonnie Williams, with whom they are accused of consipiring to promote his diet supplement business in exchange for loans, gifts and luxury vacations.
McDonnell held office into January of this year.
Sentencing was set for Jan. 6. The McDonnells face the possibility of serving decades in federal prison, though their actual sentences will probably fall well short of that.