Ex-Mingo Co. Magistrate Gets Prison Time

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A former Mingo County magistrate has been sentenced to 27 months in prison after pleading guilty to a federal vote charge.

Dallas Toler was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Charleston on Monday. The 45-year-old pleaded guilty last December to charges that he illegally registered a convicted felon to vote in the 2012 primary election.

Judge Thomas Johnston sentenced Toler to more than the six months suggested under federal guidelines. Johnston said political and electoral corruption perverts the election process and is an affront to justice.

Toler also was fined $5,000.

Federal prosecutors said Toler's bond was revoked in February for getting involved in cocaine distribution, though official charges have not yet been filed.

Toler asked to serve his sentence as near to his family in Mingo County as possible.