MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - Prosecutors failed Tuesday to send a Milwaukee man to a state prison for 15 years, for voting twice in the 2012 presidential contest.
56-year-old Leonard Brown was given two years of probation, which includes nine months in the Milwaukee County jail with work release privileges.
Defense lawyer Christopher Hartley told the judge it was "outrageous" that prosecutors considered the offenses bad enough to order prison time. The attorney said Brown was being snapped up in the political debate over Wisconsin's stalled voter ID law, and his criminal case was the wrong place for that.
Brown pleaded guilty last fall to five counts of voting in West Milwaukee for various elections after he stopped living there. A jury convicted him in January for double-voting, and making false statements to an election worker.
Prosecutor Bruce Landgraf recommended $1,200 in fines. But the judge rejected that, saying Brown already had to pay $250 for each of the seven counts to have his DNA in the state's criminal database.
(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)