UPDATE: Kennamore guilty plea means Kent’s re-election in New Albany

NEW ALBANY – Mayoral candidate Jerry Kennamore is expected to plead guilty Friday to one count of forgery in connection with an ongoing vote fraud investigation.

City Attorney Robert M. Carter said Kennamore will plead guilty to signing his daughter’s name as an attesting witness on an absentee ballot. He faces a $1,000 fine, court costs and a 10-year suspended sentence.

District Attorney Ben Creekmore confirmed the details and said he expects Kennamore’s guilty plea during a 1 p.m. Friday circuit court hearing.

The plea comes three weeks after state and city officials announced an investigation into reports of vote fraud in the May 5 party primary.

Kennamore, an independent, was running against incumbent Mayor Tim Kent. Kennamore’s name will remain on the ballot and the election will proceed as scheduled Tuesday.

Regardless of the vote totals, the plea deal means Kent will win re-election.

Read Thursday’s Daily Journal for more details.

Lynn West / New Albany News-Exchange