Former Ill. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. to Be Sentenced

Wednesday, Aug 14, 2013  |  Updated 6:31 AM EDT
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Former Ill. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. to Be Sentenced

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Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. has been absent since June, when he left his post to seek medical treatment. On Wednesday, he resigned his seat.

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Former Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. and his wife, Sandra, are set to learn their fates when a federal judge in Washington, D.C., sentences them for misusing $750,000 in campaign money.

The son of civil rights leader the Rev. Jesse Jackson is expected to step before the judge Wednesday to make a statement. Defendants typically apologize or ask for mercy.

The 48-year-old earlier pleaded guilty to conspiring to defraud his campaign by spending funds on everything from a gold-plated Rolex watch to mounted elk heads.

Prosecutors are recommending a four-year prison term for the Chicago Democratic.

His 49-year-old wife, a former Chicago alderman, pleaded guilty to filing false tax returns. Prosecutors recommended an 18 month sentence for her.

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