(Washington Post) Maureen McDonnell was sentenced Friday to a year and a day in federal prison after an emotional, hours-long hearing in which the former first lady of Virginia apologized publicly for the first time since she and her husband were accused of public corruption.
Reading from a prepared statement — her voice breaking — McDonnell acknowledged that she "started a chain of events that would bring embarrassment and pain on us all." She said she had waited for the day when she could break her silence and asked U.S. District Judge James R. Spencer for mercy.
"Your honor, the cry of my heart is that I am sorry," she said. "I blame no one but myself."
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