ATLANTA - Former South Carolina Treasurer Thomas Ravenel was sentenced Friday to 10 months in jail and ordered to pay almost $250,000 in fines and restitution on charges that he conspired to possess cocaine with intent to distribute.

The drug activity was alleged to have occurred prior to Ravenel's election in 2006. He was indicted last July by U.S. attorney Reginald Lloyd for buying and intending to share less than 500 grams of cocaine in 2005. He could have faced up to 20 years in jail and a fine as large as $1 million.

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