- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 16, 2014

PIKEVILLE, Ky. (AP) - A former eastern Kentucky mayor who was convicted of intentionally violating voters’ civil rights during the 2012 general election has been sentenced to 90 months in prison.

WYMT-TV (https://bit.ly/1A3tu2a) reports a federal judge handed down the sentence on Monday to Ruth Thomasine Robinson, who used to serve as mayor in the small city of Martin in Floyd County.

A federal jury convicted Robinson and her husband, James “Red” Robinson, on charges after a trial in May. James Robinson received a 40-month sentence.

Prosecutors said the Robinsons were involved in a scheme to pay voters to cast ballots for Ruth Robinson and to intimate poor and disabled citizens in order to gain their vote.

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Information from: WYMT-TV, https://www.wkyt.com/wymtnews

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