By LARRY NEUMEISTER
NEW YORK (AP) — An associate of Rudy Giuliani who was convicted of campaign finance crimes at trial and later pleaded guilty to a separate fraud charge is asking to be spared from prison at his sentencing next week. Lawyers for Lev Parnas made the request to a Manhattan federal court judge in papers that were filed publicly Wednesday. Prosecutors filed their own sentencing submission, asking a judge to order a prison sentence of at least 6 1/2 years. They said Parnas had for years lied and swindled for his own benefit. Parnas was convicted last year at a Manhattan trial.