According to multiple reports, former Illinois Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr., has signed a plea deal that includes “significant jail time” over charges that he improperly used campaign funds to decorate his home in Washington and to buy a Rolex, among other things.
The Chicago Sun-Times cites a source who says the deal includes “significant jail time,” and NBC News reports that federal law subjects Jackson to “not more than 5 years” in prison.
From NBC News:
Under the terms of the deal Jackson signed, he pleads guilty and his fate — as to jail time — would be in the hands of a federal judge, not yet assigned.
He would repay the government hundreds of thousands of dollars — for items like the $40,000 Rolex watch, travel expenses for a woman he described as a “social acquaintance” and furniture purchased for his home.
Jackson, a Democrat, resigned from his seat in late November of last year, shortly after winning reelection. The special election to replace Jackson is currently underway.