Former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. starts prison sentence

October 30, 2013
FILE - In this Aug. 14, 2913 file photo, former Illinois Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., leaves federal court in Washington after being sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison for misusing $750,000 in campaign funds. A Bureau of Prisons spokesperson said Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013, that Jackson has reported to a federal prison in North Carolina to serve his term. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File) A Bureau of Prisons spokesperson said Tuesday Jackson has reported to a federal prison in North Carolina to serve his term. (Susan Walsh/AP)

Former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.) officially started his prison sentence Tuesday, after being unable to enter the North Carolina facility Monday due to an “administrative obstacle,” the Associated Press reports. Jackson, sentenced to serve 30 months for illegally spending campaign money for personal use, was reportedly forced to sell his D.C. home to help pay $750,000 in penalties.

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