Former US Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (Getty Images file)
WASHINGTON -- Former Illinois congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. has been sentenced to 30 months in prison.
Jackson, son of civil rights leader Jesse Jackson, learned his fate Wednesday. U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson said that as a public official, the ex-representative was supposed to live up to a higher standard.
Jesse Jackson Jr., 48, pleaded guilty to stealing some $750,000 from his campaign fund. According to information presented in court, he used the money to buy items including a $43,350 gold-plated men's Rolex watch.
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Sandi Jackson, Jackson's wife, was sentenced to one year in prison for her part in the scheme.
Jackson has previously said he hoped the judge would give him probation. Wednesday morning, he apologized for misusing the campaign funds.
He also asked to serve his prison sentence in Alabama, saying he wanted to be away for a while where it would be "a little inconvenient for everybody to get to me."
(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)