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.
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