The former governor and first lady aren’t the only ones ridding themselves of local real estate following their high-profile corruption case.
Just days after the Henrico County home of Bob and Maureen McDonnell was sold, the star witness in the case that found them guilty of corruption – former Star Scientific CEO Jonnie Williams Sr. – put his 28-acre Goochland County estate on the market.
Totaling 14,700 square feet, the 22-room house on a gated estate was listed March 25 for $4.9 million. That price includes an additional 33 acres on four adjacent lots that boast a private baseball diamond and a barn with a guest apartment.
Long & Foster broker Susan Cullen is the property’s listing agent. She declined to comment.
Goochland property records list the owner as Jonnie R. Williams irrevocable trust. The property was last purchased in 1995 for $2.3 million. It was most recently assessed by the county for $2.25 million.
Located within the Hermitage Country Club in Manakin-Sabot, the three-story home, known as “Starwood,” features six bedrooms and seven total bathrooms. Built in the mid-1980s, the home has expansive formal rooms, multiple fireplaces and several entertainment spaces.
The lower level features media and billiard rooms, and the home also includes a sauna, library, a high-security vault and an elevator. Other amenities include a heated pool, two-story guest house, outdoor kitchen, commercial grill and tennis court.
The property was put on the market last year, but the listing was quickly taken down.
That was about the time convictions were handed down to the McDonnells, who were charged with accepting $177,000 in bribes from Williams while Bob McDonnell was in office.
In exchange for a rare immunity deal, Williams testified against the McDonnells. The convictions made McDonnell the first Virginia governor to be charged and convicted of a crime.
At the time the bribes were exchanged, Williams was CEO of Star Scientific, a then Glen Allen-based company that produced, among other things, a dietary supplement that Williams was promoting. Williams has since stepped down as CEO, and the company has changed its name to Rock Creek Pharmaceuticals and is now based in Sarasota, Florida.
Bob McDonnell was sentenced in January to two years in federal prison. Maureen McDonnell was sentenced a month later to a year and a day in prison.
The former first couple’s house in Wyndham was listed March 13 and sold four days later.