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Andrew McBride Discusses Sentencing Guidelines for Former Governor McDonnell
Andrew G. McBride, chair of Wiley Rein’s Appellate Practice, was quoted by the Richmond Times-Dispatch in a December 12 article about the U.S. probation office’s recommendation that former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell spend at least 10 years in prison. A federal jury this year convicted Mr. McDonnell and his wife of corruption in connection with gifts they accepted while Mr. McDonnell was governor.
“If he had not been a public official and this was a fraud case, the sentencing would be much lower,” Mr. McBride said. “But the public corruption guidelines are much higher. The sentencing commission viewed it as a serious breach of trust beyond the average joe committing ... some other fraud scheme.”
The federal sentencing recommendation—ranging from 10 years and one month to 12 years and seven months—is probably preliminary and may be argued by both sides, said Mr. McBride, a 10-year veteran of the U.S. Justice Department who spent seven of those years as assistant U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia.
The article can be found here.