Former Ill. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. to Be Sentenced

In this photo from Feb. 20, 2013, former Illinois Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. and his wife Sandi leave federal court in Washington. On Tuesday, July 2, 2013, U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson set a new sentencing date of Aug. 14 for Jackson and his wife.
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By FREDERIC J. FROMMER and MICHAEL TARM, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. and his wife, Sandra, are set to learn their fates when a federal judge in Washington, D.C., sentences them for misusing $750,000 in campaign money.

The son of civil rights leader the Rev. Jesse Jackson is expected to step before the judge Wednesday to make a statement. Defendants typically apologize or ask for mercy.

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The 48-year-old earlier pleaded guilty to conspiring to defraud his campaign by spending funds on everything from a gold-plated Rolex watch to mounted elk heads.

 

Prosecutors are recommending a four-year prison term for the Chicago Democratic.

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His 49-year-old wife, a former Chicago alderman, pleaded guilty to filing false tax returns. Prosecutors recommended an 18 month sentence for her.

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