Ex-DC mayor's son spared jail time in drug case

(WJLA, AP) - The son of former District of Columbia Mayor Marion Barry, who was caught smoking crack cocaine while mayor, has been spared jail time.

Marion Christopher Barry on Tuesday was given a nine-month suspended sentence on charges of possessing marijuana and PCP. He'll remain free from jail if he stays out of trouble.

Barry, who pleaded guilty in July, apologized and told the judge he had been "self-medicating" and trying to escape personal issues that stemmed from the loss of his mother, among others.

In 1990, during his third term as mayor, Marion Barry was videotaped smoking crack cocaine in a hotel room in an FBI sting operation. He served six months in federal prison. He was elected to a fourth term as mayor in 1994 and now serves on the D.C. Council.

The younger Barry is Marion Barry's only child.