The former executive director of a state Senate Democratic campaign committee has received a two-year sentence for embezzling as much as $330,000 in campaign contributions. Much of the money was spent at casinos.
The Seattle Times reports that Michael King was ordered Tuesday to spend half his sentence in prison, where he must undergo alcohol and gambling addiction treatment. The other half will be spent in community custody, the state's version of parole. If he violates his release conditions, he will be sent to prison to serve the full term. He must also pay $250,000 restitution.
The 32-year-old pleaded guilty in October to multiple theft counts. King County prosecutors say he was able to swindle the campaign fund by requesting reimbursement for faked expenses.