Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, center, composes himself as he addresses the media outside federal court in Richmond, Va., Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015.  McDonnell was sentenced to two years prison  and two years probation in his corruption case. His attorney's Henry Asbill, left and John Brownlee, right, look on. McDonnell is to report to prison by Feb. 9. His wife, who was convicted on eight counts of corruption, will be sentenced Feb. 20.  (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Court: Ex-Virginia Gov. McDonnell will be free during appeal

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A federal appeals court has approved former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell’s request to remain free while he appeals his corruption convictions

Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, center, hugs two of his daughters Cailin Young, left, and Jeanine McDonnell Zubowsky, right, after speaking outside federal court in Richmond, Va., Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015.  McDonnell was sentenced to two years prison  and two years probation in his corruption case. McDonnell is to report to prison by Feb. 9. His wife, who was convicted on eight counts of corruption, will be sentenced Feb. 20.  (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Bob McDonnell files appeal to challenge conviction

Bob McDonnell has filed a notice of appeal, challenging his conviction. In the meantime, he must report to prison by February 9.

Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell arrives at federal court with his daughter Cailin Young, Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015, in Richmond, Va. McDonnell, once a top Republican prospect for national office, was convicted for selling the influence of his office to the CEO of a dietary supplements company. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Photos: Bob McDonnell sentencing

Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell faces sentencing for selling the influence of his office to the CEO of a dietary supplements company.