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Keely Thompson Spills All, Almost

Keely Thompson and attorney Troy W. Poole

Former D.C. boxing gym operator Keely Thompson's plea hearing offered a glimpse into another government investigation today—well, almost.

Thompson, who along with his wife is accused of blowing $205,000 of grant money on trips to Atlantic City casinos and other luxuries, was pleading guilty to a federal wire fraud charge today. Judge Emmet Sullivan brought up the fifth paragraph of Thompson's plea deal, which includes the rules related to how Thompson could achieve a "5K"—the legal term for consideration during sentencing for providing authorities with "substantial assistance." Sullivan reminded Thompson that the hearing was public, and began to ask a question.

And then, nothing. First, Thompson's lawyer Troy W. Poole and the prosecutor talked, then Poole talked to Thompson, and eventually the hearing went on without any mention of potential other targets for prosecution. Poole declined to comment about what matter Thompson is assisting the fed with, and Thompson's statement of offense—unlike some others recently—doesn't mention any unnamed characters.

The rest of Thompson's plea is less hazy. In exchange for Thompson pleading guilty and agreeing to pay back the money, charges will be dropped against his wife at his sentencing, scheduled for Oct. 9. In exchange for Thompson accepting responsibility, the prosecution will recommend between 27 and 33 months in prison.

Photo by Will Sommer

  • Patrick Madden

    That's my hand!

  • http://distcurm.blogspot.com/ IMGoph

    Argh! The type in the last paragraph is a different size. What is going on with WCP posts? It's kind of driving me nuts.

  • http://www.washingtoncitypaper.com Jonathan L. Fischer

    @IMGoph: It's driving us nuts, too. Fixed.

  • W Jordan

    Not sure how you can have an article on Thompson and not mention CM Jim Graham and the lost of resources to youth in neighborhoods.

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  • Terry Miller

    The case involves the Children's Youth Investment Trust; the same organization that gave money to Harry Thomas for his supposed youth group, gave money to this guy. Also it involves "earmarks" by the Council (Graham?) Nothing to do with the Gray election, but zeroing in on two sources of ill-gotten gains