Ex-Deputy Gets 5-years Probation for Vote Buying in Sheriff's Race

A former reserve deputy who recruited a marijuana dealer to buy votes for a Republican candidate for Monroe County sheriff in 2014 and then lied about it is now banned from politicking for the next five years, Knoxnews reports. U.S. District Judge Tom Varlan on Tuesday approved a five-year probationary sentence for Brian Keith “Wormy” Hodge for his role in a conspiracy to buy votes for Randy White in White’s successful 2014 campaign. Varlan opted to impose two “special conditions” on Hodge’s probation: barring him from participating in any political activities while on probation; and requiring him to perform 50 hours of community service.
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