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Last defendant sentenced for voter fraud

ASHLAND — The last defendant in a Benton County voter fraud case has been sentenced to five years in prison.

Attorney General Jim Hood says in a news release that David Massey of Hickory Flat was indicted on one count of conspiracy to commit voter fraud and three counts of voter fraud.

Massey entered an open plea Jan. 11 before Circuit Judge Andrew Howorth, meaning that he refused to accept the state’s recommended sentence and threw himself on the mercy of the court.

Hood says Massey was initially offered a plea deal for a suspended sentence to testify against his fellow defendants, but was later charged with the sale of a controlled substance, which negated the plea offer.

Sixteen people either pleaded guilty or were convicted for voter fraud in the 2007 election.

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