Jacksons sentenced

By LINDSAY WELBERS
Staff Writer

Former Hyde Park Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. was sentenced on Wednesday to 30 months in prison, after pleading guilty to misusing more than $750,000 in campaign funds.

His wife, former Ald. Sandi Jackson (7th), was sentenced to 12 months for filing a false tax return. Judge Amy Berman Jackson, unrelated to the defendants, emphasized that Sandi Jackson was being sentenced to exactly 12 months, making her ineligible to have her term reduced for good behavior.

Sandi Jackson was sentenced to serve 12 months of supervised release while her husband was sentenced to three years, following their prison releases.

Jesse Jackson Jr. is eligible for time off for good behavior, which could reduce his sentence to as little as 25-and-a-half months.

Per the Jackson’s request, Jesse Jackson Jr. will serve his sentence first and Sandi Jackson will serve her sentence afterwards. They have two children ages 13 and 9.
He will report to prison on or after November 1.

Berman Jackson said she would recommend that Jesse Jackson Jr. serve his term at a federal prison camp in Alabama. Sandi Jackson has requested to serve her term in a federal correctional institution in Marianna, Fla.

Jesse Jackson Jr. resigned from his congressional seat last November, after easily winning reelection. Before that he had not appeared in public for six months, citing health concerns.
Both Jacksons plead guilty in February.

l.welbers@hpherald.com