McDonnell: "I'm ready to be done"


by Nick Ochsner, 13News Now

Posted on September 3, 2014 at 5:03 AM

Updated Wednesday, Sep 3 at 3:53 PM

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RICHMOND -- Deliberations continue in the corruption trial of former Governor Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen.

McDonnell said, "I wake up every day filled with hope and, uh, I'm ready to be done."

Judge James Spencer called the jurors in to officially begin their deliberations just before 10 a.m. He said he'd wait to hear from them and then they filed back out of the room. The entire interaction took maybe a minute/

Tuesday morning, the federal judge spent two hours giving instructions to the jury. They deliberated about five hours before breaking for the night.  

Jurors must decide whether the couple sold the influence of the office to Jonnie Williams, a wealthy vitamin executive seeking legitimacy for his company's signature product.

As McDonnell left court, he said he was looking forward to spending time with family as he awaits the verdict.

"I’m just gonna thank God for his forgiveness and spend some time with my son and wait upon the Lord. That’s all I can do," he said.

There’s no timetable for the jury to return with its verdict.  

The McDonnell are charged in a 14-count federal indictment with accepting more than $165,000 in gifts, trips and loan from Williams, former CEO of dietary supplements maker Star Scientific Inc.

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