Feds Dropping 4th Charge Against Whittemore

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RENO, Nev. (AP) - Federal prosecutors have decided against pursuing a fourth felony against an ex-Nevada developer and lobbyist convicted of three charges related to making illegal campaign contributions to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

Harvey Whittemore originally was charged with a fourth count of lying to the FBI about the illegal fundraising but the jury deadlocked on that charge during his trial last month in U.S. District Court in Reno.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Steve Myhre requested in a motion filed Monday that the fourth charge be dropped. But he indicated they want to reserve the right to change their mind in the future.

Whittemore is appealing the convictions. He faces up to 15 years in prison and $750,000 in fines. Sentencing is set for Sept. 23.