Saturday, August 17, 2013

The sentences have been handed down for former power couple Jesse Jr. & Sandi

On Wednesday the sentences was handed down for both Jesse Jr. and Sandi Jackson. Both had pled guilty in federal court with Jesse Jr. pleading guilty to using campaign funds for personal purposes and Sandi for under reporting her income to the IRS. Jesse Jr. resigned from his congressional seat not long after his re-election in November 2012 and Sandi in January of this year from her old city council seat.

Sandi's former colleagues on the Chicago City Council had some comments about this whole ordeal for Sandi. 6th Ward Ald. Roderick Sawyer had his comments:
Ald. Roderick Sawyer (6th), son of former Mayor Eugene Sawyer, has known Sandi and Jesse Jr. for more than 20 years. Sawyer worked as an attorney on Jesse Jr.’s first congressional campaign.

On Wednesday, Sawyer’s thoughts were with the Jackson children, ages 13 and 9.

“They’re gonna be spending time without their parents. Any time that happens, it’s devastating. I hope they can get through this,” said Sawyer, who sat next to Sandi Jackson in the City Council.

“I’m not trying to defend bad or illegal behaviors. But they’ve been people I’ve had the pleasure of knowing a long time and, if they reach out to me, I will reach back. That’s the act of a friend.”
As far as sentencing, Jesse Jr. will serve his prison term first as he will serve 30 months at a federal prison. Sandi on the other hand will serve 12 months in a federal prison and that means she won't get out early as if she had a "year and a day". Since Jesse Jr. will serve his prison term first that means Sandi will serve as soon as her husband completes his term.

For another thought on this unfortunate case Mary Mitchell opined on this as well.

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