Three months after resigning from Congress, Jesse Jackson Jr. has plead guilty to charges of misusing campaign funds and has entered into a plea deal, reports NBC.
On Friday, Jackson signed the deal which requires him to repay the government hundreds of thousands of dollars for misused funds, including personal purchases like a $40,000 Rolex watch, furniture for him home and travel expenses.
The plea deal is also said to be a bid to end the federal investigation on Jackson’s wife Sandi Jackson. She stepped down from the Chicago City Council on January 15 and authorities are questioning her involvement in Jackson’s financial improprieties.
In a letter to Mayor Rahm Emanuel, she said her decision to step down came “after much consideration and while dealing with very painful family health matters.” She wrote she cannot deny her “commitment to those most important personal responsibilities.” There is no news yet on whether or not she will be charged.
Jesse Jackson Jr. faces jail time for up to five years in prison. His sentence will be determined by a federal judge, who has yet to be assigned to the case.
Early voting to replace the former Congressman began today in Chicago.