Texas Mother Sentenced To Five Years In Prison For Voting Illegally

Texas Mother Sentenced To Five Years In Prison For Voting Illegally

Texas Mother Sentenced To Five Years In Prison For Voting Illegally

A woman was sentenced to five years in prison on Wednesday for illegally voting in the 2016 presidential election.

When she voted in the 2016 election, Crystal Mason had already served nearly three years in prison for her fraud conviction but had not yet completed her sentence and was still serving a three-year supervised release period, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. In Texas, convicted felons can't vote until they complete their full sentence, including supervised release. "She changed her life". My son is about to graduate. Her sentence? A year probation, a $750 fine and her felony election misconduct conviction would be expunged from her record once she completed the probation and paid the fine.

And her attorney, J. Warren St. John, said it's "amazing" the government would suggest she is fabricating a story about voting.

Per a previous report from 2017, Mason said that she believed she was being targeted because she voted for Hillary Clinton. Mason was previously convicted of fraud in 2012 for augmenting her client's returns on their taxes.

During cross-examination by Tarrant County prosecutor Matt Smid, Mason was reminded that she had jeopardized her freedom in the past by violating federal tax laws.

According to a report released in 2016 compiled by the Sentencing Project, a criminal justice reform advocacy group, more than 6 million felons in the United States and almost 500,000 in Texas were ineligible to vote in 2016.

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"I didn't even want to go vote", she claimed. She had gone to vote at her mother's encouragement, she told the paper, and was not told when released from federal prison that she could not do so.

Mason pleaded guilty in the tax fraud case and was ordered to pay $4.2 million in restitution after she submitted inflated tax refunds to the IRS on behalf of clients. When she got there, she found out that her name was not on the voter roll so she was given a provisional ballot.

Mason says that back on November 8, 2016, her mother encouraged her to vote and she obliged. Her attorney has already filed an appeal.

When asked why she didn't fully read the documents handed to her, Mason told the judge she did not read the forms carefully because she was being assisted by an election official. She contends that she was never informed of the state's voting restrictions on felons.

Mason has claimed that it was an honest mistake. However, Texas has come under scrutiny for voter suppression against black and Latino voters.

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