Prosecutors accused former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, of accepting more than $165,000 in gifts and loans from wealthy businessman Jonnie Williams. The then-chief executive of Virginia-based public company Star Scientific was hoping for the governor's endorsement for and state research on one of his company's dietary supplements, Anatabloc, to help boost sales.
A federal grand jury indicted the couple, both 60 at the time of the trial, on 14 counts of corruption, accepting bribes and obstructing an investigation in January 2014, 10 days after Bob McDonnell left office.
At one time, McDonnell was considered a rising star in the national Republican Party. The former Virginia attorney general had been chairman of the Republican Governors Association and was being considered as Mitt Romney's running mate in the 2012 presidential election.
By the time jury selection began Aug. 28, 2014, for the McDonnells' trial in federal District Court in Richmond, Va., prosecutors gave Williams immunity in exchange for his testimony and the united front that Bob and Maureen McDonnell had been presenting in public was set aside. The McDonnells, married 38 years, had separate legal teams and came to the courthouse separately.
Bob McDonnell was the first Virginia governor to be tried for a crime and the first to be convicted Sept. 4, 2014.
He was sentenced Jan. 6, 2015, to two years in federal prison. And his wife, also convicted, was sentenced Feb. 20, 2015, to a year and a day in prison. Both are appealing their sentences.
• Oct. 30: Ex-Va. gov wants new trial over jury issues
• Sept. 4: Ex-Va. governor guilty of public corruption
• Aug. 11: Company suspends Anatabloc, CigRx sales
• Aug. 5: 5 other governors on trial
• Jan. 24: Former Va. governor, wife plead not guilty
• July 17: Scandal clouds Virginia governor's race
• Nov. 3: Va. elects McDonnell as gov, AP says