Mayor Gray: ‘Heart’ goes out to Thomas family

Mayor Vincent C. Gray said Wednesday he has not spoken to former D.C. Council member Harry Thomas Jr., who is scheduled to be sentenced Thursday on two felony counts of theft involving $350,000 in funds meant for youth sports programs. But the mayor wished his family the best.

At his biweekly news conference, Gray (D) was pressed by media to comment on Thomas, a political ally. Gray said he had not talked to the former Ward 5 council member in the “recent past.”

Gray said he had talked to Romaine Thomas, Thomas’s mother, at public events. “I feel very badly for his family. I don’t understand why this happened. ...This is a shocker to me that this happened,” Gray said. “I extend my heart to them in hopes that they will get through this.”

Thomas is seeking an 18-month sentence while prosecutors want a judge to sentence him to 46 months in prison. Thomas’s attorneys countered the prosecution in an unusual move Tuesday by filing a supplement to their initial sentencing recommendation, trying to convince the court that Thomas deserves credit for his past community service.

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