The State reports today that Ravenel could skip prison all together, based on a review of federal sentencing.

If convicted on a federal drug charge, former State Treasurer Thomas Ravenel could receive as little as six months’ house arrest and probation, according to an analysis of federal sentencing guidelines by The State. The most prison time that Ravenel likely would face would be about four years.

A similar Charleston case a few years back involving locals distributing cocaine to friends ended up with probation. While prison can be avoided, the political reality can’t. It’s back to the million-dollar commercial real estate market for Ravenel. Poor guy.