Former Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon pleaded guilty to attempted voter fraud charges in Mecklenburg County court Wednesday after he cast his ballot in 2014- despite being a convicted felon.
Cannon pleaded guilty to voting early on October 30th, 2014 in Ballantyne. He was recognized immediately by staff at polling site.— Jenna Caiazzo (@JennaFox46) March 16, 2016
Cannon's attorney James Ferguson says Cannon voted inadvertently, his vote didn't count and no harm was done by him attempting to vote.
Cannon apologized to the judge and thanked him for giving him to opportunity to appear today.
He's currently serving a 44 month prison sentence in a West Virginia Federal Prison and will serve one day concurrent with his federal sentence, according to the judge.
Cannon voted in November 2014 after being convicted of a federal crime, but he reported to prison to serve his federal sentence. He admitted to taking bribes from undercover agents for thousands of dollars, and was convicted of corruption sending him to prison for 44 months.
The prosecution is making sure the public knows the right to vote is an earned right that must be taken seriously.
Statement released by the District Attorney's Office:
"After making arrangements with the federal prison system, Mr. Cannon will be transported to Mecklenburg County for an appointment related to the charge of voter fraud. The proceedings are scheduled for Wednesday, March 16 at noon in courtroom 5350. As this matter remains a pending case, ethical obligations prevent the DA's Office from commenting further at this time."