The founder of a Black Lives Matter chapter has been sentenced to six years in prison for illegally registering to vote.
Pamela Moses, the founder of the Black Lives Matter chapter in Memphis, Tennessee, tried to blame election officials for the crime during her trial.
She claims officials told her she was ineligible when she signed up to vote in 2019.
However, Judge W. Mark Ward didn’t buy it saying as he handed down the six-year sentence.
“You tricked the probation department into giving you documents saying you were off probation,” the judge said as he dropped the hammer.
“I did not falsify anything,” Moses said.
“All I did was try to get my rights to vote back the way the people at the election commission told me and the way the clerk did.”
Her attorney, Bede Anyanwu, said:
“She believes the sentencing was beyond the evidence that was presented.
“This case is one about the disparity in sentencing and punishment — and one that shouldn’t have happened.
“It’s all very, very disturbing.”
The judge said that he will consider putting Moses on probation after she has served nine months of her sentence if she has good behavior in prison.
“Even knowing that order denied her expiration of sentence, Pamela Moses submitted that form with her application for voter registration and signed an oath as to the accuracy of the information submitted,” prosecutors wrote.
“Pamela Moses knowingly made or consented to a false entry on her permanent registration.”
From The New York Post:
In 2015, Moses pleaded guilty to tampering with evidence and forgery, both felonies, and to misdemeanor charges of perjury, stalking, theft under $500, and escape.
She was placed on probation for seven years and deemed ineligible to vote in Tennessee because of the tampering with evidence charge.
Moses has maintained that she was under the impression that her voting rights had been restored when she went to vote in 2019.
Moses, 44, a Black woman and Black Lives Matter activist, had 16 prior felony convictions and attempted to register to vote when she was ineligible and on probation, according to the Shelby County District Attorney’s Office.
She pleaded guilty on April 29, 2015 to tampering with evidence and forgery, both felony convictions, and perjury, stalking, theft under $500 and escape, all misdemeanor convictions.
She was placed on probation for seven years.
Her felony convictions made her permanently ineligible to vote in the state, according to the District Attorney’s office.
Memphis BLM founder Pamela Moses sentenced 6 years for illegally voting https://t.co/BIkmpXjrSG pic.twitter.com/pfXUPpWvPh
— New York Post (@nypost) February 6, 2022
The founder of the Memphis chapter of #BLM has been convicted of voter fraud. Pamela Moses has 16 prior felonies, making a judge sentence her to 6 years in prison—though he said he’d consider probation after 9 months. Her advocates are calling case racist. https://t.co/UbMNReegoM
— Andy Ngô ????️???? (@MrAndyNgo) February 6, 2022