David Petraeus Gets 2 Years Probation in Plea Deal

David Howell Petraeus was sentenced to 2 years probation and a $100,000 fine after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor in federal court. He was charged with leaking classified information to Paula Broadwell, a Charlotte woman who was his biographer and mistress.

The plea deal recommended 2 years probation and a $40,000 fine, but the judge chose to impose a larger fine.

After the proceedings, he made a brief statement outside of court apologizing for his mistakes. "I now look forward to moving on in the next phase of my life and to continue to serve as a private citizen," he said. He did not take any questions.

Mobile app viewers, watch Petraeus' statement here.

Court documents never identify Broadwell by name, but do frequently reference meetings between Petraeus and his biographer.

The plea deal with the government avoids an embarrassing trial and keeps him out of prison over whether he leaked private information to his mistress when he headed up the CIA.

The maximum sentence allowed for the charge was a year in prison and a $100,000 fine.

According to the bill of information,  Petraeus kept notebooks with his business card taped to the black cover of each notebook. The government refers to these notebooks as the "black books." In these notebooks, Petraeus kept notes that contained both classified and unclassified information; classified information included information on diplomatic discussions, undercover officers, and war strategy.


The U.S. Attorney's office says in August 2011, Petraeus agreed to give the black books to his biographer as she was working on the book, All in: The Education of General David Petraeus. The black books were stored in a home in DC, which was not an authorized place to keep classified information.

In October 2012, the government says Petraeus lied to FBI agents about giving classified information to his biographer. The FBI had been investigating two information leaks to the media.

Petraeus' court appearance is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. It's not known if Broadwell will be present. Stay with FOX 46 for more updates as they develop.

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