Former Illinois Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. received a 2-and-a-half year prison term Wednesday. He was sentenced after pleading guilty to misusing $750,000 in campaign money.
An emotional Jackson told the court he ``misled the American people.'' Pausing and appearing to get choked up in the Washington courtroom on Wednesday, the former congressman also apologized to his mother and his father, civil rights leader Rev. Jesse Jackson.
He added: ``I take responsibility for my actions and am very sorry for what I've done.''
The 48-year-old Chicago Democrat was accused of conspiring to defraud his campaign by spending money on everything from a gold-plated Rolex watch to mounted elk heads.
Jackson's wife, former Chicago alderman Sandi Jackson, was sentenced to one year in prison for filing false joint federal income tax returns that understated the income the couple received.