- Associated Press - Friday, July 15, 2016

WASHINGTON (AP) - The former campaign driver for ex-District of Columbia mayor Vincent Gray will spend a year on probation.

Mark Long pleaded guilty in September to a conspiracy charge, admitting being paid from an illegal slush fund that aided Gray’s 2010 mayoral campaign.

Long later unsuccessfully tried to undo his guilty plea, arguing that he was subject to harsher punishment than the architects of the conspiracy to illegally fund the campaign.

The Washington Post (https://wapo.st/2a3bykq ) reports D.C. Superior Court Judge Anita Josey-Herring sentenced Long on Friday to six months in jail but suspended the sentence and put Long on probation.

Gray denied all wrongdoing in his campaign and was not charged after an investigation. He is set to return to the District of Columbia Council after winning a Democratic primary last month.

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