RICHMOND, Va., Feb. 20 (UPI) -- Virginia's former first lady Maureen McDonnell was sentenced to one year and one day in federal prison for her role in a corruption scandal that also ended her husband's political career.
U.S. District Judge James Spencer told McDonnell she had "a downward spiral in sync with the governor's rise in politics." He also ordered two years supervised probation following her prison time. She will be free on bond pending appeal. Spencer called the situation "tragic, sad and puzzling."
In early January, Robert McDonnell was sentenced to two years in federal prison. He is free on bond pending appeal.
Prosecutors said the couple accepted gifts, including a Rolex watch, from Jonnie Williams, a family friend and previous CEO of Star Scientific, Inc. In exchange, they promoted Star Scientific's products.
At her sentencing hearing, McDonnell thanked the judge for "showing mercy" to her husband.
"It's hard to imagine anything worse than what I've already been through," she said.