Ex-Rep. Duncan Hunter sentenced to 11 months in jail for misuse of campaign funds

The California Republican's lawyers attempted to overturn the federal corruption conviction earlier this month

Updated: March 17, 2020 - 3:26pm

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Former congressman Duncan Hunter (R.-Calif.) was sentenced on Tuesday to 11 months in prison and three years of parole for charges pertaining to his misuse of nearly $250,000 in campaign funds.

Once released from prison, Hunter, a former Marine, will be on supervised release and mandated to complete a drug and alcohol treatment program.

At the hearing Hunter said he takes “full responsibility for any dime that was spent by me or anyone else on my campaign.” His wife, Margaret Hunter, was indicted with the former representative in 2018.

Though initially Hunter seemed to blame his wife for the corruption charges during a televised appearance, something which Assistant U.S. Attorney Phillip Halpern called attention to in his 87-page sentencing recommendation, Hunter has since requested that the judge not sentence his wife — the mother of his three children — to any time behind bars.

His lawyers previously attempted to overturn the conviction against the former congressman, citing the misrepresentation of the prosecutors’ presence at a Hillary Clinton fundraiser in 2015.