Wednesday, December 13, 2017
Politics

Man pleads guilty to voter intimidation in Florida during 2012 election

TAMPA — A Seattle man has pleaded guilty to charges related to sending letters to GOP donors questioning their citizenship status and ability to vote in the 2012 election.

James Webb Baker Jr. pleaded guilty in Tampa federal court Thursday to a count of voter intimidation and a count of identification fraud.

Prosecutors say Baker became angry after reading about efforts in Florida to purge voter registration rolls of non-U.S. citizens. Baker believed the purges were an effort to suppress voter turnout of naturalized citizens who were likely minorities and more likely to vote Democratic.

Authorities say Baker created letters that looked like they had come from county election officials and sent them to 200 GOP donors.

He faces a maximum sentence of six years in prison and a $350,000 fine.

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