- Associated Press - Saturday, May 28, 2016

WASHINGTON (AP) - A judge has postponed the sentencing of the businessman who financed an illegal get-out-the-vote effort for former District of Columbia mayor Vincent Gray.

Jeffrey E. Thompson originally was scheduled to be sentenced Friday. The Washington Post reports (http://wapo.st/1P3VrkR ) that U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly rescheduled the hearing for Aug. 12 after prosecutors said in court papers that a new filing in a related case may affect how much prison time the government and defense attorneys will recommend.

Thompson is one of a half-dozen people who have pleaded guilty to felony charges stemming from what prosecutors called a “shadow campaign” to get Gray elected in 2010. Gray, who lost to current Mayor Muriel Bowser in the 2014 Democratic primary, denied knowledge of the illegal spending and was not charged.



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