Ex-madam-turned-candidate gets prison term
NEW YORK (AP) — A madam-turned-candidate who ran for New York City comptroller was sentenced Wednesday to two years in prison for selling prescription drugs illegally.
In one of the splashiest city races last year, Kristin Davis ran for comptroller against Eliot Spitzer, who had resigned as New York governor in 2008 after he was identified as a client of an escort service not affiliated with Davis. Another candidate, Scott Stringer, won the race.
A tearful Davis apologized to the court before she was sentenced, saying that she had turned her life around and that a prison sentence would cause her to lose her apartment and threaten her new cosmetology license.
U.S. District Judge Edgardo Ramos, though, noted her previous conviction
Davis, a 39-year-old who openly describes herself as an “ex-Manhattan madam,” pleaded guilty in 2008 to promoting prostitution and spent four months in solitary confinement in jail.
She described her incarceration as “hell” and said issues that arose caused her to seek medical help and led her down a path to a new crime.
“I’m deeply sorry and deeply ashamed of myself,” she said.
Davis, who was arrested weeks after Spitzer’s 2008 resignation, has long said she also provided call girls to Spitzer, but her claim hasn’t been proved.
She ran for governor in 2010 as a candidate of her Anti-Prohibition Party, drawing more than 20,000 votes. She pushed to decriminalize prostitution and legalize and tax marijuana.
Then she launched her comptroller bid last year, three months before Spitzer jumped into the Democratic primary just days before the deadline to file.
In August 2013, Davis was arrested for selling sleeping pills, muscle relaxants and anti-anxiety drugs illegally to an FBI informant between January and April of that year.
In March, she pleaded guilty to distributing prescription medication. Federal sentencing guidelines called for her to serve three to five years in prison, though even the government acknowledged that a below-guideline sentence was appropriate.