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Former Bolivar City Council Member Sentenced

Former Bolivar City Council Member Sentenced

CREATED May 22, 2014

SELMER, Tenn. (AP) - Former Bolivar City Council member Brenda Woods has been sentenced to two years of community supervision for procuring illegal voters in municipal elections.

Woods was sentenced Tuesday to concurrent prison terms of two years on each of three counts, but a judge suspended the sentences.

Witnesses said Woods took them to the polls to vote for her in early elections for mayor and city council in May 2009. They said they told Woods about their felony convictions, but she assured them they could still vote.

An investigation showed the three voters had cast ballots illegally because their voting rights had not been restored.

Woods was convicted in 2010 but was awarded a new trial on appeal two years later. She can no longer vote or run for elected office.

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