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Former Va. First Lady Maureen McDonnell Sentenced to One Year, One Day

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – Former Virginia first lady Maureen McDonnell has been sentenced to one year and one day in prison.

McDonnell was sentenced Friday in U.S. District Court on eight public corruption counts. The proceedings began with a several character witnesses who described McDonnell has a thoughtful and caring woman who was overwhelmed by her role as first lady.

Supporters Maureen McDonnell say she's already suffered enough from the corruption convictions and media attention that have driven her family apart.

Friend Lisa Kratz Thomas said Maureen has barely left her house since she was convicted last September and has little social interaction outside of a Bible study.

Prosecutors recommended an 18-month sentence for McDonnell - six months less than former Gov. Bob McDonnell got last month when he was sentenced.

Maureen McDonnell's attorneys have requested probation and 4,000 hours of community service.

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