DOTHAN, AL The longtime companion of a Dothan City Commissioner was ordered to prison on Tuesday morning. Circuit Judge Michael Conaway sentenced Olivia Reynolds to a five-year split sentence, with two years in prison.
Reynolds was convicted in early September on 24 felony counts of absentee ballot fraud. The alleged election fixing took place in the 2013 Dothan election, during which Amos Newsome retained his District 2 seat on the City 'Commission.
Newsome defeated Lamesa Danzey by 14 votes, on the strength of absentee ballots, receiving 119 of 124 absentee ballots cast in District 2. Reynolds is known to be the longtime girlfriend of Newsome.
Reynolds is expected to post an appeal bond and be released. She also has a probation hearing scheduled for November.
Another person has been convicted and one more has pleaded guilty to a lesser charge, also in connection with rigging the 2013 Dothan election. One more person, Daniel Webster Reynolds III, will go to trial on voter fraud charges on October 26th.