RICHMOND, Va. — Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, were convicted Thursday of corruption, fraud and bribery charges.

The jury reached a verdict Thursday afternoon, their third day of deliberations, in the couple’s federal corruption trial

McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, were charged in a 14-count indictment with doing special favors for Jonnie Williams, the CEO of dietary supplements maker Star Scientific Inc., in exchange for more than $165,000 in gifts and loans. The defense sought to convince the jury that the couple could not have conspired because they were barely speaking.

McDonnell is a onetime national Republican up-and-comer who was considered a possible running mate for presidential candidate Mitt Romney in 2012. He testified in his own defense and denied criminal wrongdoing.

Williams testified under immunity as the prosecution’s star witness.


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