By Associated Press - Friday, February 10, 2017

WAYNESVILLE, N.C. (AP) - A Haywood County jury has convicted a man accused of voting twice in the North Carolina Republican primary in 2016.

A statement from the State Board of Election said 52-year-old Dewey George Gidcumb Jr. voted in the Republican primary during the early voting period, then again on Election Day.

The Haywood County Board of Elections first uncovered the possible crime and forwarded it to the investigations division of the State Board of Elections and Ethics Enforcement. After an investigation, the case was referred to District Attorney Ashley Welch, who pursued charges.

Gidcumb, who was convicted on Thursday, received a suspended prison sentence of five to 15 months, 12 months of supervised probation, 24 hours of community service and a $100 fine, plus court costs.

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