The end of the political road has come for D.C. Council member Harry Thomas Jr.
Thomas became the first sitting council member to be charged with a felony and now faces a sentence of between 36 to 47 months in federal prison.
In an e-mailed statement Thursday night, Thomas said that his resignation was effective immediately and that he would plead guilty Friday morning to the crimes.
The 51-year-old Democrat had been accused of spending the money on a luxury SUV, travel and rounds of golf, and failing to report $356,000 in income between 2007 and 2009.
“As a councilmember and throughout my life, I have dedicated myself to serving the residents and the youth of Washington, D.C. In the pursuit of this work, I made some poor decisions and acted in ways I simply should not have. I was wrong,” Thomas’ statement reads.
He is free pending sentencing, scheduled for May 3.
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