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Federal officials filed charges Friday against Jesse Jackson Jr. after the former congressman reportedly signed a plea deal for allegedly improperly spending hundreds of thousands in campaign funds.

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After attending the Rainbow PUSH Coalition's Saturday Morning Forum, Jesse Jackson Jr.'s family said they are struggling to deal with the gravity of Jackson's recent charges.

"We felt the impact of this court," said Jonathan Jackson. "The gravity has definitely affected our family."

Jonathan Jackson said Jesse Jackson is with their mother and father in Washington D.C., and is still under regimented medical treatment. Jonathan and his sister Santita Jackson plan to join their family in Washington D.C soon.

The family said they were thankful for the public's prayers and support.

They said Jesse Jackson Jr.'s children are aware of the situation with their parents.

Federal officials filed charges Friday against Jesse Jackson Jr. after the former congressman reportedly signed a plea deal for allegedly improperly spending hundreds of thousands in campaign funds.
 
Jackson, who left the public eye last summer for treatment of bi-polar disorder and resigned from office in November, is not expected to make an appearance, but he offered a response in his first statement to the public in months.

“Over the course of my life I have come to realize that none of us are immune from our share of shortcomings and human frailties," Jackson said in the statement released by the attorneys representing him in the federal probe.

"Still I offer no excuses for my conduct and I fully accept my responsibility for the improper decisions and mistakes I have made," he said.

Among the items that Jackson is accused of purchasing with campaign funds: 

$10,000 worth of Bruce Lee Memorabilia. More than $20,000 in Michael Jackson memborabilia. Thousands on Martin Luther King Memorabilia. Fur coats and capes and more. 

Jackson will plead guilty as part of his plea deal, and jail time would be in the hands of a federal judge who has not yet been assigned. Converting campaign contributions for personal use is strictly prohibited by federal law and opens Jackson up to “not more than 5 years” in prison. 

Prosecutors will recommend a prison sentence for between 46 and 57 months plus fines, according to reports.

Jackson's wife, former Chicago Ald. Sandi Jackson, has also been charged with falsifying her tax returns and reporting less income than she made.

Jonathan Jackson said he hopes the public will remember his brother "for all the great works he has done."
 
"We will stand with him until the end of time," Santita Jackson said.

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