The founder of Black Lives Matter Memphis has been sentenced to six years in prison for illegally registering to vote after pleading guilty to felonies in 2015.
Pamela Moses, 44, voted illegally six times since she pleaded guilty to evidence tampering, forgery, perjury, stalking and theft under $500, seven years ago. Moses says she believed that her voting rights were re-instated in 2019.
“I did not falsify anything. All I did was try to get my rights to vote back the way the people at the election commission told me and the way the clerk did,” she said at her sentencing hearing on January 26.
Judge Mark Ward accused Moses of “tricking the probation department” to illegally obtain the right to vote. He said: “You tricked the probation department into giving you documents saying you were off probation. After you were convicted of a felony in 2015, you voted six times as a convicted felon.”
She will now serve six years and one day in prison, but her lawyer said Moses plans to appeal the sentencing.
“This case is one about the disparity in sentencing and punishment, and one that shouldn’t have happened,” attorney Bede Anyanwu told the Washington Post. “It’s all very, very disturbing.”
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