McDonnells file for acquittal, new trial after conviction on corruption charges

RICHMOND -- Bob and Maureen McDonnell want a new trial following their convictions on corruption and other charges.

The clerk of U.S. District Court in Richmond said four motions were filed Thursday because each requested acquittal and a new trial.

A federal jury heard several weeks of testimony and convicted them of performing 'official acts' to promote former Star Scientific Inc. CEO Jonnie Williams' dietary supplement products in exchange for more than $165,000 in gifts and loans.

Following the conviction earlier this month, their attorneys vowed to appeal, saying they didn't get fair trials.

The McDonnells are due to be sentenced January 6, 2015. McDonnell and his wife now face up to 20 years in prison on each count, although a pre-sentencing report by the federal probation office will result in a lighter recommendation.

Associated Press contributed to this report.


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