On Wednesday, a judge sentenced former Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr. to two-and-a-half years in prison for spending $750,000 in campaign funds on personal items.
The judge sentenced Jackson’s wife to a year for filing false joint federal income taxes. Sandra Jackson also must serve 200 hours of community service and pay restitution of $22,000 – the amount of money she took from her alderman’s campaign account.
Jackson was given much less prison time than federal guidelines recommended. After prison, Jackson is to spend three years on supervised release and complete 500 hours of community service. He agreed to repay the $750,000 when he pleaded guilty earlier this year.
Jackson had been a Democratic congressman from Illinois from 1995 until last November.
“I also want to apologize to my dad and to my mother,” Jackson added.
The elder Jackson told reporters, “This has been an extraordinarily difficult time for our family.”
Sandra Jackson will be permitted to serve her sentence after her husband completes his. The couple, who have two children, asked to serve at separate times.
The judge said Jackson’s reporting date for prison would be on or after Nov. 1.