Jesse Jackson Jr. Will Serve 30 Months for Misusing Campaign Funds
Former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. was sentenced to serve 30 months in prison Wednesday, after misusing $750,000 of his campaign funds.
Jackson, a Democrat who represented Illinois' second district, used campaign finances to cover his personal expenses. Jackson reportedly bought a Rolex watch, a pair of mounted elk heads, fur capes for his wife, car repairs, and even grocery trips to Costco.
"I was wrong. I take responsibility for my actions. I know I have let a lot of people down," Jackson Jr. said at the sentencing.
Jackson's wife, Sandra Jackson, was also sentenced to a year in prison. She plead guilty to falsifying tax returns, and will serve one year for misusing campaign funds. The couple has asked to serve their time separately, so that one parent can be with each of their two children. Former Rep. Jackson will serve his sentence beginning on or after Nov. 1, with his wife serving her time within 30 days of his release, according to the New York Times.
"I still believe in the power of forgiveness. I believe in the power of redemption. Today I manned up and tried to accept responsibility for the errors of my ways, and I still believe in the resurrection," Jackson Jr. said after his sentencing.
The couple will also have to repay the $750,000 that they stole, and the former congressman will serve 500 hours of community service. He will be under supervised release for two years.