Final Benton County defendant gets vote-fraud sentence

By NEMS Daily Journal

ASHLAND – The final defendant in the Benton County vote fraud case was sentenced Tuesday to five years in prison.
David Massey, 40, of Hickory Flat, had been charged with one count of conspiracy to commit voter fraud and three counts of voter fraud.
Circuit Court Judge Andrew Howorth sentenced Massey to five years and ordered him to pay a $5,000 fine.
His sentencing ends a three-year investigation related to fraud charges in the 2007 state elections. All of the 16 defendants have either pleaded guilty or were found guilty of vote-buying in Benton County.