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Jesse Jackson Jr. Gets 30 Months in Prison

Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr./campaign photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Ex-Congressman Jesse L. Jackson Jr., who had a promising political career, and a famous father, was sentenced Wednesday to 2 1/2 years in prison for stealing more than $750,000 in campaign money, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

“I misled the American people, I misled the House of Representatives,” Jackson, 48, said in court. “I was wrong and I do not fault anyone.”

His wife, former Ald. Sandi Jackson, was hit with a  12 month sentence, the paper reported.  The judge noted that she spent campaign funds that included $5,000 in furs and parkas “in one day.”

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