- Associated Press - Thursday, November 6, 2014

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - A federal judge is placing the former mayor of North Carolina’s largest city under house arrest until he begins serving a nearly four year sentence for taking bribes.

At a bond revocation hearing Thursday, Patrick Cannon told a judge that he didn’t know he couldn’t vote because he was a convicted felon.

But U.S. District court Judge Frank Whitney called Cannon’s actions troubling - then ordered Cannon to home detention until the former mayor reports to federal prison on Nov. 18.

Whitney could have revoked Cannon’s bond and sent him to jail immediately.

In October, Whitney sentenced Cannon to 44 months in prison for taking bribes from undercover federal agents he thought were developers seeking to fast-track projects



THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP’s earlier story is below.

The former mayor of North Carolina’s largest city is scheduled to appear before a federal judge after elections records show he voted in the midterm election despite being a convicted felon who was prohibited from casting a ballot.

The Charlotte Observer reports (https://bit.ly/1EjRnUb) former Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon returns to federal court on Thursday to explain to U.S. District Judge Frank Whitney why he voted. Whitney could decide to send Cannon to jail ahead of his Nov. 18 report date.

Under North Carolina law, a convicted felon loses the right to vote. Casting a ballot means Cannon potentially committed another felony.

In October, Whitney sentenced Cannon to 44 months in prison for taking bribes from undercover federal agents he thought were developers seeking to fast-track projects.

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