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Ex-Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell gets 2 years for corruption

Published:Wednesday | January 7, 2015 | 12:00 AM
Former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell arrives at federal court for sentencing with his daughter Rachel McDonnell, (right) yesterday

Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell has been sentenced to two years in prison for taking money and gifts in exchange for promoting a dietary supplement while he was in office.

McDonnell, a Republican, was once on the shortlist to be Mitt Romney's vice-presidential running mate. He was sentenced yesterday after being convicted of 11 counts of corruption.

The former governor and his wife, Maureen, were found guilty in September. She was convicted of eight counts and will be sentenced in February.

Lawyers for the former governor asked a judge to order three years of community service. Prosecutors recommended a sentence of at least 10 years in prison.

The six-week jury trial exposed details of the former first couple's strained marriage and shaky finances.