- Associated Press - Friday, June 3, 2016

WASHINGTON (AP) - The former campaign chauffeur for ex-District of Columbia mayor Vincent Gray will be sentenced next month after a judge denied his motion to withdraw his guilty plea.

Mark Long had asked to back out of his guilty plea to a conspiracy charge. He argued that he was subject to harsher punishment than the architects of the conspiracy to bolster Gray’s 2010 campaign with illegal cash.

But a judge denied Long’s motion Friday and scheduled his sentencing for July 8.

Court documents show Long was paid to serve as Gray’s driver from an illegal slush fund that aided the campaign. He was one of six people who pleaded guilty to felonies for their roles in helping Gray get elected. The investigation ended last year when prosecutors decided not to charge Gray.

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