turned NYC political candidate gets two years prison after drug plea
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[October 02, 2014]
By Nate Raymond
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Kristin Davis, a
one-time Manhattan madam who claimed to have supplied prostitutes to
former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer and campaigned against him last
year for city comptroller, was sentenced on Wednesday to two years in
prison for selling prescription drugs.
Davis, whose quixotic campaign for public office was dashed by her
arrest in 2013, faced up to five years in prison after pleading
guilty in March to a federal charge of illegally distributing
Her lawyer, Daniel Hochheiser, argued that Davis, 39, should be
given probation to allow her to allow her to continue on her path
toward a new career as a cosmetologist, saying she had "finally
gotten it together."
But U.S. District Judge Edgardo Ramos, noting her past conviction
for promoting prostitution, told Davis she should "know better as
you've been down this road before."
"I'm not working with a blank slate," he said.
Davis, who was also ordered to forfeit $1,765, previously admitted
as part of her guilty plea to selling muscle relaxants,
antidepressants and sleeping pills to a confidential government
"My involvement in this is certainly not something I'm proud of,"
she told the judge.
Davis was arrested in 2008 and spent almost four months at New York
City's Rikers Island jail before making bail and pleading guilty to
a New York state charge of promoting prostitution.
She was sentenced to probation in that case, which stemmed from her
operation of an escort business she ran involving dozens of women
and millions of dollars.
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While she claimed to have supplied prostitutes to Spitzer, she was
not connected to the prostitution ring at the center of the scandal
that led to Spitzer's resignation in 2008. He has denied her
In 2013, she ran as a Libertarian Party candidate for comptroller,
New York City's top financial post, against Spitzer, who was
attempting a political comeback.
Former Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer eventually won the
election. Davis ended her bid after her arrest in August 2013.
(Reporting by Nate Raymond in New York; Editing)
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