North Texas mom gets 5 years for voting illegally

North Texas mom gets 5 years for voting illegally

North Texas mom gets 5 years for voting illegally

Crystal Mason was sentenced to five years in prison this week after she voted in the 2016 election while on parole, according to Dallas ABC affiliate WFAA.

According to a CNN report, "She signed and affirmed a document which clearly stated that (1) she was prohibited from voting due to her status as a convicted felon still serving her term of supervision, and (2) she would be committing a second degree felony if she lied about her status", Wilson said. She was also ordered to pay $4.2million in restitution. Though Mason says she didn't realize it at the time, by casting that provisional ballot in November 2016, she had committed another felony. St. John said that his client had gone to the same polling place where she had always voted and had used her driver's license and her address, which indicates she had no intention of defrauding the state of Texas. "I was trying to get more money back for my clients".

Mason's attorney, J. Warren St. John, did not immediately return a phone message Saturday. I took accountability for that.

Mason cast her vote in the 2016 election at the encouragement of her mother.

In Texas and elsewhere, it is confusing for a person involved in the criminal justice system to know if, when and how they can vote. I would never do that again.

"I was happy enough to come home and see my daughter graduate", she told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

"I don't think I'll ever vote again", Mason told the Star-Telegram. "My son is about to graduate", she told the prosecutor in court. However, Mason had no idea of what she was signing.

The distraught mother of two justified that she voted upon her mother's insistence and wasn't aware of the fact she couldn't vote. When poll workers could not find her name on the list of registered voters, Mason said, she obtained a provisional ballot and was coached through the process by a worker.

Mason has already appealed her conviction.

"It's the rare exception when a corrections system informs people about their right to vote", Mauer said.

Before Gonzalez sentenced her to five years in prison, Mason reportedly said that she would not have knowingly broken the law just to vote.

In February 2017, Rosa Maria Ortega of Grand Prairie, a Mexican national with a green card, was sentenced to eight years in prison after falsely claiming to be a USA citizen on her ballot.

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