(CBS NEWS) -- Former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., D-Ill., has signed a plea deal with
federal prosecutors, agreeing to plead guilty to misuse of campaign
funds, CBS Chicago reports. The deal will let a federal judge decide whether Jackson serves jail time.
agreeing to plead guilty to a single felony count, Jackson could serve
up to five years in prison. The judge, however, may decide to sentence
him with probation instead of jail time. The former congressman has also
agreed to repay hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign funds,
misspent over four years on things like redecorating his home and a
$40,000 Rolex he bought for a female friend.
As part of the agreement, the government demanded that Jackson give up his congressional seat, which he did in November, just a little more than two weeks after easily winning re-election.
fate of Jackson's wife, former Chicago Alderman Sandi Jackson, is still
unclear, according to CBS Chicago. Investigators were scrutinizing
whether Sandi Jackson -- who served as her husband's campaign manager
and as a paid consultant for him -- was aware of or complicit in her
husband's alleged misuse of campaign money. CBS Chicago reports there's
no indication she'll be charged with anything besides co-signing tax
returns that should have included taxes on Jesse's campaign funds
converted to personal use.
While under investigation last
year, Jackson also struggled with his mental health. He spent four
weeks at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota over the summer in treatment for
bipolar depression. In spite of his problems, Jackson last year won
re-election in Illinois' second district, which he had represented since
1995, with 63 percent of the vote.