Former state Democratic official admits theft
Michael King, the former executive director of the state Senate Democratic Campaign Committee who was charged with embezzling at least $250,000 in campaign donations to fuel his alcohol and gambling problems, pleaded guilty Thursday to four counts of first-degree theft and four counts of second-degree theft.
King showed up in King County Superior Court for what was supposed to be his arraignment on eight counts of theft. In an unusual move, he pleaded guilty. The state will recommend he serve two years in prison and pay $250,000 in restitution.
Sentencing is scheduled for Nov. 22.