McDonnells ask for acquittal of public corruption charges, new trial

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RICHMOND, Va. (WAVY) — Former Governor Bob McDonnell and the former First Lady have asked a federal judge to acquit them of public corruption charges and to grant them a new trial.

Their legal team filed motions arguing the evidence against them was insufficient and there were errors during the trial.

The McDonnells’ lawyers raised similar concerns in motions before the trial began, and the judge denied those requests.

A jury found Bob McDonnell and Maureen McDonnell guilty of public corruption earlier this month for accepting more than $170,000 in gifts and loans in exchange for promoting a dietary supplement.

WAVY 10 spoke to local defense attorney Andy Protogyrou who said the McDonnells could be sentenced to more time in prison than someone convicted of robbing a bank. He said the process for calculating prison time is complicated, at best. It’s a formula that considers the crime, the amount of money received and other factors. Protogyrou said it looks like the McDonnells could face up to 120 months or 10 years behind bars, but other sources say they could face up to 20 years for each conviction.

The McDonnells are set to be sentenced Jan. 6. obtained copies of all the motions:

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