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Jesse Jackson Jr. and wife face federal charges

Jesse Jackson Jr. (file) Jesse Jackson Jr. (file)

Former U.S. Representative Jesse Jackson, Jr. and his wife, Sandra Jackson, face federal charges.

Jackson Jr. was charged with conspiring to spend $750,000 in campaign funds on his own personal expenses. Sandra Jackson was charged with one count of filing false joint federal tax returns for years 2006 through 2011.

Jackson Jr. released a statement Friday in response to the charges, saying:

"Over the course of my life I have come to realize that none of us are immune from our share of shortcomings and human frailties. Still I offer no excuses for my conduct and I fully accept my responsibility for the improper decisions and mistakes I have made. To that end I want to offer my sincerest apologies to my family, my friends and all of my supporters for my errors in judgment and while my journey is not yet complete, it is my hope that I am remembered for the things that I did right."

Sandra Jackson has signed a plea deal related to the accusations and pleaded guilty to the count of tax fraud. The charge has a maximum sentence of three years in prison, but an attorney for Jackson says the plea agreement, "does not contemplate a sentence of that length."

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