RICHMOND, Va. – The latest on the case of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, who's been convicted on corruption charges but is appealing (all times local):
A federal appeals court has refused to allow former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell to remain free while he appeals his public corruption convictions to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Thursday's decision means McDonnell will probably have to report to prison within the next several weeks.
McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, were convicted of doing favors for a wealthy businessman in exchange for more than $165,000 in gifts and loans. Bob McDonnell was sentenced to two years in prison; his wife to one year and one day. They have remained free while pursuing separate appeals in the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
The full appeals court last week refused to reconsider a three-judge panel's unanimous ruling upholding Bob McDonnell's convictions. The court will hear Maureen McDonnell's case in October.