Lawrence Wilder, Jr., son of Richmond Mayor L. Douglas Wilder, has pleaded guilty to two criminal charges stemming from his mismanagement of more than $170,000 left over from his father's successful 1989 campaign-for-governor fund.
The money subsequently disappeared without a trace. The 45-year-old pleaded guilty to unlawful and willful neglect of duty in his role as treasurer of his father's campaign.
He also pleaded guilty to unlawfully and willfully failing to file in full and accurate detail a campaign committee report to the State Board of Elections, which oversees campaign finances.
The younger Wilder received a 12-month suspended sentence on each charge and fines. A lawyer by trade, Wilder has admitted to battling a drug addiction from 1992 to 1999.
As for what happened to the money back then, attorney Jimmy Morris says only that Wilder "was not himself that that time."