Last week, an Ohio attorney who was a prolific donor to Donald Trump was convicted of election fraud this Tuesday.
The judge ordered James Saunders, 56, to be taken straight to jail after he was found guilty of two counts of illegal voting, which is a fourth-degree felony. This Monday, he was sentenced to three years in prison, the Cleveland Scene reported.
Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge Andrew Santoli coupled Saunders’ sentence with a $10,000 fine, a punishment, as Santoli detailed in last week’s hearing, to match the severe violation against the nation’s voting laws.
“You violated the premise that every citizen, regardless of race, creed or religion, speaks in one voice,” Santoli told Saunders from the bench last Monday. “Your opinion does not outweigh other citizens.”
Throughout the case, the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office presented evidence that Saunders, who traveled regularly to a second home in Pompano Beach, Florida, attempted to cross states lines to vote multiple times, by mail and in person in Broward and Cuyahoga counties.
Read the full report over at the Cleveland Scene.