While awaiting their sentencing the Jacksons wept in court. As many of us probably would… I’d be scared isshless… lol Anywhoo, the former Congressman and his wife Sandi Jackson cried immensely as they addressed the judge. Jesse Jackson Jr. was sentenced today to 30 months in prison plus three years of supervised release for misspending about $750,000 in campaign funds.
His wife, Sandi, a former Chicago alderman, is expected to be sentenced within minutes on a related charge.
Jackson Jr. apologized for his crimes and expressed special regrets to his mother and father.
“Your honor, throughout this process I’ve asked the government and the court to hold me and only me accountable for my actions,” he said.
When Jackson Jr. spoke, his voice was firm except for the few times he wept openly and paused to dry his eyes with a tissue, blow his nose and collect himself.
“I am the example for the whole Congress,” he said. “I understand that. I didn’t separate my personal life from my political activities, and I couldn’t have been more wrong.”
Jackson Jr. said he “misled” people, the government, the Federal Election Commission and the people. “I was wrong,” he said.
Talking about his desire to be sent to a federal prison camp in Alabama, he said:
“I want to make it a little inconvenient for everybody to get to me.”
He said he hoped that his wife could earn enough money in his absence to keep the family together.
“When I get back, I’ll take on that burden,” Jackson Jr. said. “By then I hope my children will be old enough that the pain I caused will be easier to bear.”
Appearing after a break in the hearing, Sandi Jackson cried as she read a prepared statement. “My heart breaks every day with the pain this has caused my babies,” she said.
Their children are ages 13 and 9.