Peoria Public Radio Staff
Mon June 17, 2013
Jesse Jackson Jr. asks to go to prison before wife
Lawyers for Jackson Junior argued Monday that he’s currently in no condition to support the couple’s two children. The former Congressman is bi-polar.
So they’re asking a judge to allow Sandi Jackson to stay with the kids first while the former Congressman does his time.
Both pleaded guilty to stealing campaign money, and blowing it on lavish personal items.
Their lawyers are arguing for lenient sentences.
Prosecutors originally wanted staggered sentences for the sake of the Jackson children - with Sandi Jackson serving her 18 months first, then her husband serving four years.
Also Monday, Jackson’s lawyers argued the couple can’t afford the 1-and-a-half million dollars the government’s demanding.
A judge is set to decide the Jacksons’ fate when they’re sentenced next month.