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2nd campaign aide to D.C. mayor to plead guilty

Thursday - 5/24/2012, 7:51am  ET

Associated Press

WASHINGTON - A second former aide to District of Columbia Mayor Vincent Gray is scheduled to plead guilty to a crime arising from Gray's 2010 campaign.

Howard Brooks will appear at a plea hearing in U.S. District Court Thursday afternoon.

Brooks was charged Wednesday with lying to the FBI about payments to another mayoral candidate, Sulaimon Brown. Another Gray campaign staffer, Thomas Gore, admitted this week that he and Brooks paid Brown to stay in the 2010 race and make negative comments about then-mayor Adrian Fenty. Gray defeated Fenty by 10 percentage points.

Brooks faces a maximum of five years in prison but is likely to receive a substantially lighter penalty under federal guidelines. He has been cooperating with the ongoing probe.

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