NEW ORLEANS -- The fiancé of former New Orleans Deputy Mayor Michelle Thomas pleaded guilty this week to state gun and drug charges and was sentenced to five years in prison.
Gary Washington, 44, bought a home last year in New Orleans with Thomas, who was one of the city's top officials.
In February, WWL-TV confronted Washington about his pending criminal charges and his relationship with Thomas. He lied about the relationship and refuted the criminal charges.
"I'm accused of it,” he said. “Am I convicted of it? No. And until I'm convicted of, because you don't know what really happened. And nobody does. OK. Anybody can be accused of anything at any given time."
Shortly after we questioned him, Thomas resigned as deputy mayor, citing personal reasons.
Washington was arrested twice in recent years on cocaine charges. In August 2011, months before he met Thomas, Washington was the focus of a lengthy investigation by the multi-jurisdictional Major Crimes Task Force. The task force conducted weeks of surveillance and seized two fully-loaded guns, more than 200 grams of cocaine and money from Washington, according to a police report.
On Tuesday, Washington reached a plea deal with prosecutors. He pleaded guilty to possessing between 28 to 200 grams of cocaine, as well as illegal carrying of a weapon, court records show. Washington was sentenced to five years in prison.
Thomas could not be reached for comment. Washington's attorney did not return a call for comment.