Late Fridays afternoon, prosecutors and defense attorneys in the case of former D.C. Council member Harry Thomas Jr. filed their recommendations ahead of next Thursday’s sentencing.
As expected, prosecutors are seeking a relatively harsh prison term, 46 months, while Thomas’s lawyers are arguing for a modest 18-month term. More on the sentencing memos will be in Saturday’s Post and on washingtonpost.com.
Notably, the defense filing includes a letter from Thomas himself, his first public communication since his January guilty plea. He addresses U.S. District Judge John D. Bates, who will determine his sentence next week, apologizing and taking “full responsibility” for his theft of $350,000 in public funds.
“[A]s a coach and mentor, I have preached responsibility and tried to lead by example,” Thomas writes in the letter dated Thursday. “The actions I have taken betrayed everything that I have attempted to accomplish. ... I broke the law, and I accept full responsibility for my actions.”
“By violating the trust that people placed in me, I brought shame not only on myself, but are my family and my supporters,” Thomas continues. “I could not have let them down more. I also let down my former colleagues in District government and the citizens of the District of Columbia, especially the young people. To all of them, I apologize.”
He closes: “I will need to spend a lot of time making amends and seeking to earn the forgiveness I hope one day to receive. Words, I know, will not be sufficient. Only actions will be. I look forward to working to make a difference in the lives of others, especially those whose trust I must restore.”
The full letter:
Also among the 92 letters submitted in support of Thomas are missives from his wife, three kids, and from his mother, Romaine Thomas: