CHARLESTON (AP) — The sentencings of two former Lincoln County officials are being delayed to give federal prosecutors more time to fully develop the defendants’ cooperation in a vote fraud investigation.
U.S. District Judge Thomas Johnson has rescheduled the sentencings of former Sheriff Jerry Bowman and ex-county clerk Donald Whitten for Aug. 29 in Charleston. They originally were to be sentenced on Wednesday.
Federal prosecutors sought the delay and noted the defendants didn’t object to the request.
In March, Bowman pleaded guilty to conspiring to stuff the primary ballot box while running for circuit clerk, while Whitten pleaded guilty to lying to an investigator for Secretary of State Natalie Tennant that he had provided absentee ballots to Bowman.
In addition, Lincoln County resident James Matheny was found guilty of threatening election fraud investigators.