A Pennsylvania man who admitted to illegally casting a ballot for former President Donald Trump in the name of his deceased mother last year has been sentenced to five years probation, according to Law&Crime.
Bruce Bartman, 70, provided an allocution in front of Delaware County Court of Common Pleas Judge George Pagano during a Friday hearing. Bartman apologized for his conduct and pleaded guilty to two counts of perjury and one count of unlawful voting.
“I was isolated last year in lockdown,” the defendant told the court in proceedings originally reported by The Philadelphia Inquirer. “I listened to too much propaganda and made a stupid mistake.”
Bartman’s attorney, Samuel Stretton, also said his client had made “a very misguided political mistake” that was “very stupid.”
The judge, for his part, lauded the defendant for admitting to his wrongdoing and said the case “goes to the heart of our democracy.”
Law&Crime noted that it was the Trump campaign that brought to light the ballot cast by Bartman’s dead mother.
In an interview with The New York Times late last year, Bartman feigned ignorance about the incident and suggested that any voting issues were attributable to the actions of various Democrats.
As Law&Crime previously reported, Bartman was accused late last year of registering his mother Elizabeth Bartman and his mother-in-law Elizabeth Weihman, both of whom were deceased at the time, via the Keystone State’s online voter registration system.
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