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Howard Brooks sentenced to probation for lying about illicit payments in DC mayoral campaign

A former campaign aide to District of Columbia Mayor Vincent Gray has been sentenced to 2 years of probation for lying to investigators about payments from the Gray campaign to another candidate.

Howard Brooks is one of three former Gray aides who pleaded guilty to crimes related to the 2010 campaign. Gray defeated incumbent Adrian Fenty in the Democratic primary and handily won the general election.

Brooks admitted he lied to the FBI about payments to Sulaimon Brown, a minor candidate who prosecutors say was paid to stay in the race and disparage Fenty.

Prosecutors said Brooks earned the sentence of probation by providing "substantial assistance" in their ongoing probe of corruption in city politics. Brooks apologized at his sentencing Wednesday afternoon, saying he embarrassed himself and his family.

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