The North Texas man indicted in an ongoing Dallas County voter fraud investigation pleaded guilty to a lesser charge this week. He was sentenced to serve six months in jail, according to the Office of the Dallas County District Attorney.
On Wednesday, Faith Johnson, the Dallas County DA, announced that Miguel Hernandez, 28, pleaded guilty to one count of “method of returning marked ballot” and was sentenced to 180 days, the equivalent of six months, in jail.
“This is the first of many milestones in the ongoing investigation into voter fraud in Dallas County,” said Johnson in a written statement. “As I have stated many times before, the right to vote is the cornerstone of our democracy. We must protect the process so that all citizens may have confidence in the system. It is my hope, with this conviction, that we will send a message to anyone who dares to threaten the integrity of the voting process. We will not tolerate it and you will be brought to justice.”
In 2017, Hernandez was accused of forging the absentee ballots of unsuspecting elderly voters.