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UPDATE: Ex-Mingo Co. Magistrate Sentenced to 27 Months in Prison

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

UPDATE 3/10/14 @ 10 p.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- A former Mingo County magistrate has been sentenced to 27 months in prison after pleading guilty to a federal vote charge.

Dallas Toler was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Charleston on Monday. The 45-year-old pleaded guilty last December to charges that he illegally registered a convicted felon to vote in the 2012 primary election.

Judge Thomas Johnston sentenced Toler to more than the six months suggested under federal guidelines. Johnston said political and electoral corruption perverts the election process and is an affront to justice.

Toler also was fined $5,000.

Federal prosecutors said Toler's bond was revoked in February for getting involved in cocaine distribution, though official charges have not yet been filed.

Toler asked to serve his sentence as near to his family in Mingo County as possible.



ORIGINAL STORY 3/10/14 @ 9:22 a.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- A former Mingo County magistrate is heading back to court for sentencing on a federal vote charge.

Dallas Toler pleaded guilty last December to charges that he illegally registered a convicted felon to vote in the 2012 primary election.

He's scheduled to be sentenced at 2 p.m. Monday in U.S. District Court in Charleston.

Toler faces up to six months in prison under federal sentencing guidelines. Prosecutors are asking the court to impose a longer sentence.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Steven Ruby says in court filing that Toler was a judicial official whose crime occurred in a place where public corruption has been endured for too long.

Ruby says Toler also got involved in cocaine distribution while out on bond.


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