[Pnews] Judge sentences Edward Pinkney to at least 2.5 years for election fraud
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Mon Dec 15 17:40:31 EST 2014
Judge sentences Pinkney to at least 2.5 years for election fraud
WSBT-TV Report <http://www.wsbt.com/about/21796082>
POSTED: 06:33 AM EST Dec 15, 2014
Edward Pinkney of Benton Township was taken away in handcuffs Monday.
Pinkney said he did nothing wrong and that he was disappointed in the
jury and the system that found him guilty of changing the dates on
several recall petitions.
The judge responded by reminding Pinkney he was a habitual offender and
then sentenced him to two and a half to ten years in prison.
A large group of protestors chanted and held up signs outside the
Berrien County Courthouse today following the sentencing of Pinkney.
Pinkney argued the jury who convicted him of five felony counts of
election forgery was wrong and that he was innocent.
"I know I did nothing wrong. And I am very disappointed in the system
itself," he said.
Pinkney and his attorney asked the judge for leniency in sentencing,
pushing for probation.
However, the prosecution asked the judge to pass on a harsher sentence.
Pinkney's lengthy criminal past had a impact on his sentencing.
His first run in with the law was 1988 for assault with a dangerous
weapon out of California, followed in 1990 by a theft conviction out of
St. Louis, Missouri, then in 1999 was convicted in Berrien County of
embezzlement and in 2007 was convicted 4 felony counts of violating
This year's case is 5 felonies for election forgery. That brings the
total to 12 felonies, with 9 of those related to interference with the
Pinkney served about 18-months in prison for the 1999 conviction, all
other cases he got probation on.
The judge said he was against probation this time because Pinkney did
not seem to be reformed from his last probation opportunity and getting
involved again with interfering with the election process.
The judge received more then 100 letters of support for Pinkney, but
noted that many letters were duplicates.
He said of all those he received only one letter was from a resident of
The judge noted that he felt many of the letters were written by people
who had "opinions based on misconceptions" of the realities of what is
really going on in Southwest Michigan.
WSBT 22's Denise Bohn was at the courthouse today and will have a full
report tonight on WSBT 22 News at 5 and 6.
Copyright © 2014, WSBT-TV
* Details of the case are at http://www.blackagendareport.com/node/14501
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