Former Gordon mayor Elbert Melton convicted of voter fraud, sentenced to year in jail

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A former Alabama mayor convicted of voter fraud has been sentenced to a year in jail followed by two years of probation.

The Dothan Eagle reports former Gordon Mayor Elbert Melton was sentenced to a three-year split-sentence Wednesday. Melton still faces an additional felony offense.

A Houston County jury found Melton guilty last month on two counts of voter fraud. Last September, a grand jury returned indictments against Melton on three charges of absentee ballot fraud and one charge of second-degree theft of property. One fraud count was dismissed because the victim died.

Republished with permission from the Associated Press.