Federal prosecutors say both Sandi Jackson and Jesse Jackson Jr. should go to prison for their crimes, for which they plead guilty in February.
Prosecutors say Sandi should serve 18 months and Jackson Jr. should serve four years. Under the recommendation, they would not serve their sentences at the same time in order to ensure that their children, ages 9 and 13, do not have both parents in prison at the same time. Sandi would serve her sentence first and Jackson after that.
Prosecutors also recommend that Sandi serve one year of supervised probation in addition to her prison sentence and Jackson Jr. do so for an additional three years on top of his four-year prison sentence. Additionally, the feds would like to see Sandi pay $168,000 in restitution and Jackson Jr. pay $750,000 in restitution and an additional $750,000 forfeiture.
“A review of his history and characteristics shows the Defendant chose to steal hundreds of thousands of dollars despite having advantages in life and financial resources that few possess and that most can only dream of obtaining,” reads a 45-page memorandum on the former congressman written by prosecutors.
Jackson Jr. admitted to illegally using $750,000 in campaign funds for extravagant personal use. Sandi admitted to conspiring with her husband on the spending and also failed to report some $600,000 of income on tax returns.