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Prospect of prison looms for ex-congressman, wife

CHICAGO (AP) -

The prospect of prison now looms over former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. and his wife after they agreed to plead guilty to charges in an alleged scheme to spend $750,000 in campaign funds on personal items.

Those items allegedly included everything from furs to a hat once owned by Michael Jackson.

It wasn't immediately clear how much time either could end up doing after the legal drama inevitably reaches its climax before a sentencing judge within a few months.

But one former federal prosecutor in Chicago, Jeff Cramer, says judges frown on breeches of public trust. He says that may mean Jesse Jackson Jr. serves at least a few years. He thought Sandi Jackson would likely get a term of just several months.

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