McDonnell corruption trial at-a-glance: Key players, dates and details

Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (File photo).

RICHMOND, Va. (WJLA) – In what’s expected to be a relatively sensational affair that’s expected to last at least a month, the corruption trial of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, begins Monday.

Here’s a look at some of the key players, dates and other information about the trial.


Both McDonnells are charged with:

• Conspiracy to commit honest-services wire fraud (one count).

• Honest-services wire fraud (three counts).

• Conspiracy to obtain property under color of official right (one count).

• Obtaining property under color of official right (six counts).

• Making false statements to a federal credit union (one count).

Bob McDonnell also is charged with:

• Making a false statement to a financial institution (one count).

Maureen McDonnell also is charged with:

• Obstruction of an official proceeding (one count).


Jonnie R. Williams Sr. -- He’s the Richmond-area businessman whose “gifts” to the McDonnells, allegedly to boost one of his companies, Star Scientific, ultimately led to an investigation and then the federal charges.

Bob McDonnell – Served as the state’s 71st governor from 2010-2014.

Maureen McDonnell – The former governor’s wife since 1976.

U.S. District Judge James R. Spencer – Appointed by President Ronald Reagan in 1986.


April 2011: Prosecutors say Williams bought thousands of dollars in clothes for Maureen McDonnell from high-end stores in New York.

August 2011: Williams OKs Maureen McDonnell’s request that he buy a $6,500 Rolex watch so she can give it to her husband as a Christmas gift.

August 2011: Maureen McDonnell organizes a luncheon at the Executive Mansion where one of Star Scientific’s products, Anatabloc, is at every table setting. The governor also is on hand.

January 2014: Bob and Maureen McDonnell are indicted.