Jesse Jackson Jr. sentenced to 30 months in prison

By: CNN Email
By: CNN Email

WASHINGTON, D.C. (CNN) - Former Illinois Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. was sentenced today to 30 months in prison for misuse of about $750,000 in campaign funds.

Jackson pleaded guilty in February to using campaign money for personal expenses that included buying Michael Jackson Memorabilia, furs, and a Rolex watch.

The judge said the sentence should be served at a facility in Alabama. Jackson’s wife, Sandra, received 12 months in prison for filing false tax returns.

Prosecutors recommended a four-year sentence for Jackson and an 18-month sentence for his wife.

Jackson is the son of civil rights advocate Jesse Jackson.

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