Houston Forward Times

13 August 2013 Written by  Grace Boateng

From Privilege to Prison: Former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. Sentenced to 30 Months in Prison

Former Representative Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.) pleaded guilty in February to misuse of campaign funds. The purchases that totaled over $750,000 included Bruce Lee memorabilia, a number of personal items, a Rolex watch, and mink cape. Jackson was sentenced by a federal judge in Washington to 30 months in prison with a three-year supervised release. His wife Sandra was sentenced to one year in prison after pleading guilty to filing falsified tax returns.

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Upon hearing the sentencing Jackson expressed remorse for his actions to his family and constituents and asked for leniency in reference to his wife’s sentencing.  Jackson said, "If probation is not available to her, give me her time." He stated that he would like to be "as far away from everybody for a while that I could be."

Jesse and Sandra have two children ages 13 and 9 requested that they serve at separate times.  

The government is calling this fraud “one of the most significant abuses of the campaign system that has ever been documented and prosecuted.”