Judge Sentences Former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. to Prison

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A U.S. District Court Judge on Wednesday sentenced former Illinois Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr., 48, and his wife Sandra Stevens Jackson, 49, to prison, but the sentences were less than what federal prosecutors had recommended.

Judge Amy Berman Jackson of the U.S. District Court for District of Columbia sentenced Jesse Jackson Jr., son of Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr., founder of the Rainbow/PUSH Coalition, to 30 months or 2 ½ years in prison.

Prosecutors wanted Jackson, who had represented Illinois 2nd Congressional District, which includes Chicago and some suburbs, to serve 48 months, or 4 years in prison. Jesse Jackson Jr. represented Illinois 2nd Congressional District from 1995 to November 2012, when he resigned from office, aware that he was under investigation.

Judge Jackson, who is not related to either of the Jacksons, sentenced Sandra Jackson, a former Chicago Alderman, to 12 months in prison. Prosecutors had recommended that Sandra Jackson serve 18 months in prison.

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