Ohio Nun Pleads Guilty To Charge Of Illegal Voting


UPDATED: Tuesday April 16, 2013 3:08 PM

A southwest Ohio nun who voted on behalf of a nun who died before last year's presidential election has pleaded guilty to an illegal voting charge.
    
Assistant Hamilton County Prosecutor Bill Anderson says 55-year-old Sister Marguerite Kloos (kloos) pleaded guilty Tuesday in Cincinnati. Anderson says the charge will be erased if Kloos fulfills a diversion program, including community service.
    
The charge carries a potential maximum sentence of 18 months. But Anderson says first-time offenders are rarely sentenced to prison for low-level felonies.
    
Defense attorney Ralph Kohnen didn't immediately return a call Tuesday. Kohnen previously said Kloos tried to fulfill her friend's wishes.
    
Court documents say Sister Rose Marie Hewitt requested an absentee ballot, but died before receiving it. The documents say Kloos mailed the ballot after forging Hewitt's signature.

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