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Melowese Richardson, sentenced to five years in prison last summer on four counts of illegal voting, has been released from prison due to her mental condition, according to her lawyer.

Tuesday morning, Hamilton County Common Pleas Court Judge Robert Ruehlman ordered the Madisonville woman released from prison and placed her on five years of probation.

Hamilton County prosecutor Joseph T. Deters agreed to the new sentence.

Hamilton County Investigates Voter Fraud

Jul 11, 2013

  Hamilton County’s investigation of voter fraud from the last election has created a controversy between those who say fraud cases have been overblown for political purposes and those who feel anyone who purposely casts an illegitimate ballot should be prosecuted.

A Madisonville woman charged with eight counts of illegal voting over three elections is seeking a plea bargain with the Hamilton County prosecutor's office.

Melowese Richardson, 58, who was a poll worker at the Madisonville Recreation Center's polling place last fall, appeared in Hamilton County Common Pleas Court Thursday morning, where her lawyer, William Gallagher told Judge Robert Ruehlman that he was negotiating plea agreement.

Three more persons have been indicted by a Hamilton County grand jury on charges of illegally voting in the November 2012 election, bringing the number charged with vote fraud up to six so far.


Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters announced the indictments Tuesday, saying, if convicted, they face the possibility of up to 18 months in prison.


They were among six cases referred to the prosecutor by the Hamilton County Board of Elections so far in a widespread investigation of vote fraud in last fall’s election.


The three indicted Tuesday are:

A Cincinnati nun charged with illegal voting for filling out and mailing in a ballot in last year's election for a nun who was deceased entered a guilty plea to the charge Tuesday, but she will do no jail time.

Sister Marguerite Kloos, 54, of Delhi Township appeared in the courtroom of Hamilton County Common Pleas Judge Robert Winkler Tuesday morning to enter her plea.

Winkler sentenced her to a diversion program for at least a year. If she does not commit any more crimes, the record of her crime will eventually be expunged.

Official Portrait

Howard Wilkinson talks about Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell's lack of popularity in his home state and what that could mean for his reelection bid.

Republicans and Democrats on the Hamilton County Board of Elections are split over a county prosecutor’s opinion which says dozens of voters who cast two ballots in last year’s election should be referred for potential criminal prosecution – even though the board has already exonerated most of them.
 

Near the end of a board meeting that last three-and-a-half hours Wednesday, the two Democrats and two Republicans on the board discussed  an opinion from Prosecutor Joe Deters, but decided not to actually vote on whether  approximately 67 cases should be sent to the prosecutor.