Former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Illinois) – son of “civil rights” leader Jesse Jackson – has been sentenced to thirty months in prison for his role in a major campaign finance scandal. Meanwhile his wife, Sanda, will spend a year behind bars for submitting fraudulent income tax returns.
The Jacksons will serve their sentences one at a time, per the request of their attorney. The former lawmaker – who spent seventeen years in the U.S. House – will serve his sentence first.
“I misled the American people,” Jackson said. “I misled the House of Representatives. I misled the Federal Election Commission. I was wrong.”
Jackson misspent more than $750,000 in campaign funds on personal items – including a $43,000 Gold Rolex watch.
According to federal sentencing guidelines, Jackson should have received anywhere between 46-57 months in prison – however he was granted a reduced sentence due to his alleged bipolar condition. Assuming he behaves himself behind bars, Jackson could be released after serving 25 months.
From 2005 to 2012, the Jacksons spent nearly $600,000 in campaign funds on personal items – including $61,000 on restaurants and night clubs, $16,000 on sports clubs and lounges, $14,000 on dry cleaning and $5000 on alcohol.