21 MONTH SENTENCE Ex-Lincoln County Commissioner Going To Federal Prison
Reported by: Associated Press
Web Producer: Jeff Morris
Reported: Nov. 15, 2012 10:46 AM EST
Updated: Nov. 15, 2012 6:56 PM EST
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A former West Virginia county official was sentenced Thursday for his role in an election fraud scheme.
Former Lincoln County commissioner Thomas Ramey Jr. was sentenced to 21 months in federal prison.
Ramey was a county commissioner when he lied to an FBI agent about his handling of fraudulent absentee ballots. The 32-year-old Democrat pleaded guilty to that charge in August after resigning from office.
Ramey was part of a conspiracy to flood the 2010 Democratic primary with absentee ballots. That plot also involved then-Sheriff Jerry Bowman and then-Clerk Donald Whitten. Both resigned and pleaded guilty. U.S. District Court Judge Thomas Johnston sentenced each to prison in August.
Prosecutors asked Johnston to consider those punishments when he sentenced Ramey. Ramey had asked for probation with a period of home confinement if necessary.
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