Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife Maureen McDonnell were convicted of corruption on Thursday, the end to a long political scandal stemming from their relationship with a Virginia businessman.
Bob McDonnell was convicted on 11 counts Thursday, including all of the corruption-related charges, according to the Washington Post. Maureen McDonnell was convicted on eight charges, including obstruction of justice.
Following his exit as governor of Virginia after one term, McDonnell and his wife were charged earlier this year on 14 counts, including corruption and bank fraud, largely stemming from their relationship with a Virginia businessman, Jonnie Williams. The McDonnells were not convicted on all charges of the indictment.
Williams provided the McDonnell family with $120,000 in loans, as well as a series of gifts, from golf clubs to a New York shopping trip. At the time, Williams was promoting a supplement called Anatabloc.
The trial largely centered around the deterioration of the couple's marriage. Defense attorneys for both Bob and Maureen McDonnell emphasized the poor state of relations between the couple, and argued Williams' presence was a function of that rift. The argument was an apparent bid to sway the jury that the couple could not have committed conspiracy because they were not on good terms.
Katherine Miller is the political editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.
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