Washington: Former US congressman Jesse Jackson Jr., the son of a civil rights leader and a one-time rising star in Democratic politics, pleaded guilty on Wednesday to misusing about $750,000 in campaign money.
Jackson, 47, of Chicago, wept quietly as he entered the plea in the US district court in Washington, where Judge Robert Wilkins accepted the plea.
“Guilty, your honour. I misled the American people,” Jackson said after the judge asked his plea.
Under an agreement with prosecutors, Jackson faces up to five years—the maximum prison sentence allowed by law.
Wilkins scheduled sentencing for 28 June.
Jackson’s father, Jesse Jackson Sr., sat in the front row of a courtroom filled with family, friends and reporters during the hour-long hearing on Wednesday.