TROY, Ala. (AP) - A veteran Pike County educator and former county commissioner has pleaded guilty to a voter fraud charge.
Pike County District Attorney Gary McAliley says 59-year-old Karen Tipton Berry of Glenwood, pleaded guilty on Tuesday to charges of first-degree perjury, along with absentee ballot fraud.
McAliley said Pike County Circuit Court Judge Thomas E. Head III sentenced Berry to two years in prison for each of the charges, which were to run concurrently with each other.
McAliley said those sentences were suspended, for two years probation, which he said was part of the agreement between the prosecution and defense.
McAliley said the charges resulted from of an investigation taken over from the state Attorney General's Office in August into the Pike County Commission election in 2008.
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