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Petraeus Pleads Guilty, Avoids Jail

He gets 2 years' probation, fine of $100K over classified leak
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 23, 2015 3:13 PM CDT
Petraeus Pleads Guilty, Avoids Jail
Former CIA director David Petraeus arrives for sentencing at the federal courthouse in Charlotte, N.C. Thursday.   (AP Photo/Bob Leverone)

(Newser) – After a monumental scandal and a two-year FBI investigation that sullied the reputation of David Petraeus, the case ended today in unspectacular fashion: He pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor and avoided jail time, reports the Los Angeles Times. The former CIA director got two years' probation and a $100,000 fine for giving biographer (and eventual mistress) Paula Broadwell classified information from his days as the top US military commander in Afghanistan. He pleaded guilty to mishandling classified data. In court today, Petraeus made only a brief statement apologizing "for the pain my actions have caused," reports AP. (He did way better than other leakers.)

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