Former CIA Director David Petraeus, whose career was destroyed by an extramarital affair with his biographer, was expected to be sentenced Thursday in federal court in Charlotte for giving her classified material while she was working on the book.
Petraeus will appear at the sentencing, which comes two months after he agreed to plead guilty to a misdemeanor count of unauthorized removal and retention of classified material.
The plea agreement carries a possible sentence of up to a year in prison. In court papers, prosecutors recommended two years of probation and a $40,000 fine. But the judge is not bound by that and could still impose a prison sentence.
The agreement was filed in Charlotte, where Paula Broadwell, the general’s biographer and former lover, lives with her husband and children.
The affair ruined the reputation of the retired four-star Army general who led U.S. forces in Iraq and Afghanistan.
As part of his deal, Petraeus agreed not to contest the set of facts laid out by the government.
Petraeus’s affair with Broadwell became public in 2012 when Tampa socialite Jill Kelley complained to the FBI that a then-unknown person sent her harassing emails. Her complaint triggered a criminal investigation that led agents to Broadwell.