Harry Thomas Jr. Tells Judge He’s Sorry
Disgraced former Ward 5 Councilmember Harry Thomas Jr. is sorry for stealing $350,000 worth of city money. Very very very sorry. Or at least, that's what he told the federal judge whose job it is to determine how much prison time Thomas gets.
Thomas' sentencing is set for Thursday. In advance of the sentencing, prosecutors and Thomas' lawyers filed memos (late Friday, thanks a lot!) supporting their view of how much prison time Thomas should get. The feds want 46 month, Thomas wants only 18. As is usual before sentencing, Thomas' friends have written letters to Judge John Bates talking up Thomas' positive attributes.
Also included in the letters is a note from Thomas himself, telling Bates that he accepts full responsibility for his wrong actions.
"As I have always said to those I have mentored: 1% or 100%, wrong is wrong. Clearly, what I did was wrong," Thomas says. "By violating the trust that people placed in me, I brought shame not only on myself, but on my family and my supporters."
And so on and so forth. Here's Thomas' letter and several of his supporters':
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