Former Lincoln County officials sentenced for election fraud

Two former Lincoln County officials will spend time in federal prison. U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin says former Lincoln County Sheriff Jerry Bowman was sentenced to one year and one day in federal prison for his role in an election fraud scheme. Former Lincoln County Clerk Donald C. Whitten was sentenced to one year and six months in prison, which is the longest in recent memory in an election fraud case in the district. Both Bowman and Whitten pleaded guilty earlier this year. Earlier this month, former Lincoln County Commissioner Thomas Ramey, Jr, pleaded guilty to making a false statement to an FBI agent in connection to his role in the Lincoln County absentee voting fraud scheme, and faces up to five years in prison when he's sentenced in November.