Gen. David Petraeus was once a widely celebrated military leader, a man who oversaw operations in Afghanistan and Iraq and was seen as a potential presidential candidate. On Thursday, he faces criminal sentencing in Charlotte, North Carolina, for removing and retaining classified information as part of his romance with his biographer, Paula Broadwell.
Petraeus, who resigned as director of the Central Intelligence Agency in November 2012 after the relationship became public, is not expected to face jail time as part of a plea deal.
Petraeus rose to the leadership of the United States Central Command and later all forces in Afghanistan as the war there petered out. He retired from the military to lead the CIA at the request of President Barack Obama in 2011. He resigned after a year when an affair with his official biographer became public knowledge.
The plea deal that allows Petraeus to avoid jail time by paying $40,000 and serving two years on probation. Petraeus pled guilty in March to one federal charge for giving 5-by-8 inch black notebooks containing some classified information to Broadwell, who wrote “All in: The Education of General David Petraeus” in 2012.