Published March 03, 2015 | FoxNews.com
General David Petraeus has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge in connection to his handling of classified material -- striking a plea deal with the government that 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.
Instead of jail time, federal prosecutors will ask the judge for two years of probation for Petraeus.
The criminal complaint, filed Tuesday in the United States District Court for the Western District of North Carolina’s Charlotte Division, charges Petraeus with one count of unauthorized removal and retention of classified material.
The plea deal marks a spectacular fall for the retired four-star general, who was once considered a possible presidential or vice presidential candidate for the United States.