ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — A former mayor of Atlantic City has avoided a lengthy prison term for stealing $87,000 from a youth basketball program he established. Frank Gilliam was sentenced Thursday to 30 days in jail and 11 months of house arrest. He could have gotten nearly two years in federal prison. Gilliam, a Democrat, sobbed as he asked the judge to let him stay at home to care for family members. But Judge Joseph Rodriguez said Gilliam’s theft hurt poor children in Atlantic City in whose name the former mayor solicited money, only to spend it on clothing, meals and vacations for himself. Gilliam pleaded guilty to wire fraud in October 2019.