A federal appeals court has declined to review the case of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, letting his convictions on public corruption charges stand.

The 15-member 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued the decision Tuesday. A three-judge panel of the Richmond-based appeals court unanimously upheld McDonnell's convictions in July. The full court says it won't reconsider that panel's ruling.

A jury in September found McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, guilty of doing favors for a wealthy businessman in exchange for more than $165,000 in gifts and loans.

The former Republican governor was sentenced to two years in prison. His wife was sentenced to one year and one day. Both have been free on bond while pursuing appeals.

It's unclear whether Bob McDonnell will now be required to report to prison. He can still appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.