- Associated Press - Thursday, April 9, 2015

DOTHAN, Ala. (AP) - A south Alabama jury has found a Dothan woman guilty of voter fraud in an election that was decided by just 14 votes.

The Dothan Eagle reports (http://bit.ly/1HReXc5 ) 49-year-old Lesa Coleman on Wednesday was found guilty of seven counts of felony absentee ballot fraud in the 2013 election for Dothan’s District 2 city commission seat.

Coleman was charged with the crimes after City Commissioner Amos Newsome defeated challenger Lamesa Danzey.

Assistant Houston County District Attorney Banks Smith says Coleman didn’t witness voters signing absentee ballots that she turned in after the race. State Director of Elections Ed Packard testified that absentee ballots must either be notarized or witnessed by two adults.

Houston County Assistant District Attorney Banks Smith says Coleman faces between one and 10 years in prison.

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Information from: The Dothan Eagle, http://www.dothaneagle.com

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