Two Crittenden County Men Sentenced For Bribing Voters

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(West Memphis, AR)  Former West Memphis City Councilman Phillip Wayne Carter and former West Memphis Police Officer Sam Malone were sentenced today after pleading guilty to charges of voter fraud last year.

The two admitted helping people fill out absentee ballots in Crittenden County during a special runoff election for the Arkansas House District 54 seat 2011.

The two also admitted paying some families $20 to $40, or giving them chicken dinners for their votes.

Phillip Carter was sentenced today to three years probation, with five months to be completed on home confinement. Carter will be restricted to his residence except for his employment. Carter may be subject to electronic monitoring at the discretion of the Probation Office. He was also fined $2,500 and ordered to complete 100 hours of community service. Finally, he has to pay a $100 special assessment.

Sam Malone was sentenced to three years probation, the first 7.2 months of which will be spent on home confinement. Malone may be subject to electronic monitoring at the discretion of the Probation Office. Malone will be restricted to his home
while on confinement except for the hours of his employment. He was also ordered to complete 100 hours of community service. Malone was also ordered to pay a special assessment of $100.

Hudson Hallum, the candidate in the special election, also waived indictment and pled guilty to the conspiracy in 2012.

He will be sentenced June 20, 2013.

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