California’s Hunter pleads guilty, faces 5 years

In this July 1, 2019, file photo, U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter leaves federal court after a motions hearing in San Diego. Hunter says he will plead guilty on Tuesday to a charge of misusing campaign funds. The California Republican is facing charges he looted campaign cash to finance vacations, golf outings and other personal expenses, a judge said Monday, Dec. 2, 2019. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy, File)
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SAN DIEGO (AP) California Rep. Duncan Hunter faces five years in prison after pleading guilty to misusing campaign money.

Hunter, 42, changed his not guilty plea in federal court in San Diego Tuesday.

He gave a brief statement outside court saying he failed to properly monitor campaign funds.

He had denied wrong doing for more than a year.

He claimed he was the victim of a political witch hunt by federal prosecutors.

Prosecutors say he and his wife misspent more than $250,000 in campaign money. Margaret Hunter pleaded guilty earlier this year and had agreed to testify against her husband.