- Associated Press - Thursday, May 3, 2012

WASHINGTON (AP) — A former D.C. Council member is expected to receive a prison sentence of at least 18 months, possibly more, when he is sentenced for stealing more than $350,000 in government funds during his time on the council.

Harry Thomas Jr. is scheduled for sentencing Thursday in federal court in Washington. Prosecutors are asking for a term of nearly four years. Thomas‘ lawyer is asking for an 18-month term.

Thomas pleaded guilty in January to embezzling hundreds of thousands of dollars, mostly from money earmarked for youth baseball programs. Thomas had been a longtime advocate for youth sports.

His sentencing comes amid ongoing federal investigations into the use of funds in the political campaigns of D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray and Council Chairman Kwame Brown.