Iowa Felon Sentenced to Prison for Voting in 2012

Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A man who registered to vote at the polls and voted in the November 2012 election has been sentenced to up to five years in prison for first-degree election misconduct.

Brian Lee Bird, who has recently lived in Fort Dodge, voted in Knoxville even though he has had multiple felony convictions.

Marion County Attorney Ed Bull says the 43-year-old Bird knew he was a felon, knew the law, and chose to break it.

Bird entered a guilty plea Tuesday. His attorney Robert Conrad did not immediately reply to a message.

Bird is the seventh Iowan to plead guilty to election related charges brought as a result of an investigation by the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation at the request of Iowa Secretary of State Matt Schultz.

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