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Just Like Old Times: Ex-Councilmembers Brown, Thomas Will Share Prison

LL noted the possibility in May, and now it's really happening: two disgraced former D.C. councilmembers will share a prison. In a letter Sunday to his one-time backers, Michael Brown said he's turning himself in today to serve his 39-month prison sentence at a minimum-security facility in Montgomery, Ala. That's the same place where former Ward 5 Councilmember Harry Thomas Jr. passes his own 38-month sentence for stealing grant money meant for children.

Most of Brown's letter, first reported by NBC4's Mark Segraves, explains how Brown's supporters can send letters or visit him. Brown, who earned his sentence after taking bribes from undercover agents, then lying to investigators about illicit help he received from shadow campaign maestro Jeff Thompson, thanks the letters' recipients for their "continued prayers and support."

Both councilmembers are likely in for an easy time, at least insofar as stint in prison can be easy. Their prison, FPC Montgomery, landed on a list of cushy places to be incarcerated, thanks in part to inmates' access to email and dog-training classes.

LL doubts that the two ex-councilmembers are in for an Orange is the New Black-style showdown between old frenemies. If anything, Brown should take a cue from his FBI tapes and put a "piece of the piece" towards Thomas' commissary, since Thomas endorsed him during his 2008 at-large run.

Photo by Darrow Montgomery

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