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 Sentencing Date Set In Lincoln County Election Law Violation Case

3/7/2012

    Charleston, W.Va. - The sentencing date has been set for two men who pleaded guilty in an investigation into election law violation in Lincoln County.

    Donald Whitten plead guilty to one count of making a false statement to investigators. Jerry Bowman pleaded guilty to conspiracy.

    The charges stem from an investigation conducted by the West Virginia Secretary of State's Office and federal authorities into irregularities in the absentee voting process during the May 2010 primary election.

    Donald Whitten, who resigned his position as Lincoln County Clerk as part of the guilty plea, faces five years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000. Whitten also faces up to three years of supervised release. Also as part of the guilty plea Whitten agreed to never seek or serve in public office again, and also agreed to never take part in a political campaign.

    Sentencing for Whitten will be on June 13, 2012 at 9:00AM.

    Jerry Bowman, who resigned his position as Lincoln County Sheriff as part of the guilty plea, faces up to ten years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000. Bowman also faces up to three years of supervised release. Also as part of the guilty plea Bowman agreed to never seek or serve in public office again, and also to never take part in a political campaign.

    Sentencing for Bowman will be on June 13, 2012 at 10:00AM.

Contact:

Jake Glance
(304) 558-6000
jglance@wvsos.com