Bob McDonnell Sentenced to Prison

Bob McDonnell Sentenced to Prison

Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, recently convicted in federal court of peddling political influence, was sentenced this week to two years in federal prison, a term which was considerably lower than the six years prosecutors had originally sought, reports The Washington Post.

Explaining his decision on the two-year prison term, Judge James Spencer commented, “Unlike Pontius Pilate, I can’t wash my hands of it all. A meaningful sentence must be imposed.”

The sentence brings a bit of closure to the years-long saga which began only days after Gov. McDonnell, who running up to the 2008 presidential cycle had been discussed as a potential presidential candidate, had left office.

However, McDonnell and his defense team remain defiant, insisting on his innocence and have vowed an appeal. “Sometimes in a case like this, justice is a marathon. We will never give up in this case,” explained lead defense attorney Henry Asbill.