Petraeus will serve two years of probation and pay a $100,000 fine. The fine is significantly more than the $40,000 originally recommended by prosecutors.
After an initial denial, the retired four-star general admitted that he had given classified information to his mistress, Paula Broadwell. Broadwell, an Army Reserve officer, was writing a biography of Petraeus.
The FBI and other government officials believed that Patraeus should serve time in prison, arguing that not only did he compromise national security but he also lied to FBI agents about the situation. Attorney General Eric Holder ultimately approved of a plea deal that spared prison time for Patraeus.