WATCH: Jury reaches verdict in McDonnell corruption trial

RICHMOND, Va. (WUSA9) -- A seven men, five women jury has reached a verdict in the federal corruption trial of former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell and his wife Maureen after 17 hours of deliberation.

WUSA9's Peggy Fox is in the court room, waiting to hear a total of 26 verdicts, 13 for Bob McDonnell and 13 for his wife.


Bob and Maureen McDonnell were on trial for more than five weeks, accused of accepting more than $177,000 in gifts and loans from wealthy businessman Jonnie Williams in exchange for promoting his company's product.

A federal grand jury indicted the couple, both 60 at the time of the trial, on 14 counts of corruption, accepting bribes, making false statements and obstruction in January, 10 days after Bob McDonnell left office.


Bob and Maureen McDonnell are charged together on counts one through 11 for public corruption. Bob McDonnell is charged alone on count 12 for making false statements to a bank. The couple is charged together on count 13 for making false statements, and Maureen McDonnell is charged on count 14 for obstructing an investigation.


The prosecution tried to show that the McDonnells were financially destitute and willing to sell the governor's office to help pay off credit cards debts and mortgages for beach properties. The McDonnells don't deny accepting gifts and loans from Williams, but said they weren't bribes.

The defense's case was built on the fact that their marriage was broken, and therefore the couple couldn't have conspired because they weren't communicating. The McDonnells, married 38 years, had separate legal teams and came to the courthouse separately throughout the trial.


At one time, Bob 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, prosecutors gave Williams immunity in exchange for his testimony.

Former Prince George's County State's Attorney Glenn Ivey will talk to us about the McDonnell verdict on Thursday evening. Stay tuned to WUSA9 news at 5 and 6 p.m. for that interview.


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