Howard L. Brooks, a former campaign aide for Mayor Vincent C. Gray, leaves U.S. District Court after being sentenced Wednesday to 24 months of probation for lying to federal agents about money he gave to a Gray challenger to stay in the 2010 primary race and bash the sitting mayor, Adrian M. Fenty. (Craig Bisacre/The Washington Times)

Howard L. Brooks, a former campaign aide for Mayor Vincent C. Gray, leaves U.S. District Court after being sentenced Wednesday to 24 months of probation for lying to federal agents about money he gave to a Gray challenger to stay in the 2010 primary race and bash the sitting mayor, Adrian M. Fenty. (Craig Bisacre/The Washington Times)