Jesse Jackson Jr. Goes to Prison

Former congressman reports to prison after guilty plea in corruption case

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Former Chicago congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. enters the U.S. District Federal Courthouse in Washington February 20, 2013.

Updated Oct. 29, 2013, 11:53 a.m.

Former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. entered a federal prison Tuesday morning to begin a 30-month sentence in the corruption case that derailed his promising political career.

Jackson had to first clear up some bureaucratic confusion, the Chicago Tribune reports. He came to prison Monday but was turned away because he had showed up a few days early.

Jackson, who pleaded guilty in August to misusing more than $750,000 in campaign funds. The son of civil rights leader Jesse Jackson, Jackson Jr. must pay $750,000 in restitution and is selling his home in Washington D.C.

His wife Sandra, a former Chicago alderman who pleaded guilty to filing false tax returns, will begin serving her one-year sentence after Jackson’s term is done.

[Chicago Tribune]

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