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Sentencing For Gray Aide Scheduled For September

Brooks faces up to six months in jail for his role in making payments to then-candidate Sulaimon Brown.
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Brooks faces up to six months in jail for his role in making payments to then-candidate Sulaimon Brown.

 A judge has set a September sentencing date for Howard Broods, a former campaign aide to D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray.  

Brooks, who served as a campaign consultant to Gray and pleaded guilty last month to lying to the FBI about payments made to a rival candidate, had a status conference Monday in U.S. District Court in Washington. U.S. District Judget Colleen Kollar-Kotelly set the sentencing for Sept. 24, despite a request from a prosecutor for more time due to an ongoing investigation.

Brooks is one of two campaign aides to plead guilty in an ongoing investigation into under-the-table payments made to Sulaimon Brown, a minor candidate in the 2010 mayoral race. The payments were intended to keep Brown in the race so that he could continue attacking then-incumbent Adrian Fenty, who was seeking a second term.

Gray has denied any wrongdoing or knowledge of the payments.

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