Benton Co. supervisor convicted of voter fraud

By The Associated Press

ASHLAND — Attorney General Jim Hood says a Benton County supervisor has been convicted of one count of voter fraud.

Hood said in a news release Thursday that Tate King was convicted Wednesday, and Circuit Judge Andrew Howorth set for Oct. 8. King faces up to five years in prison and a $5,000 fine.

King was indicted after an investigation of the Aug. 7, 2007, primary and the Aug. 27, 2007, runoff in Benton County.

Hood says the investigation showed King paid people to vote for him on two separate occasions.

Hood says the jury couldn’t reach a verdict this week on second voter fraud charge against King. Howorth set retrial on that count for Oct. 4.