Loose Lips

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

  • joan

    let's send Diamond Jim down to join them

  • Juana

    As per Joan it is amazing that these two lightweights are doing time and Graham, probably the most unilaterally, venal, corrupt individual in DC civic history is walking on the outside.

    I can't see Brown and Harry Jr. hanging together. Thomas is far too much a stupid thug to hold Michael's interest for more then a second.

  • Tom in Michigan Park

    They are a complete embarrassment to their families and citizens of the District.

    Let them both rot there.

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