TERRE HAUTE, IN. (ECWd) -
Jerome "J.D." Kesler pleads guilty this morning in Vigo County Superior Court.
The Judge entered a Conviction of “Recklessly Registering to Vote more than once” – a Class A Misdemeanor in Indiana.
Kesler was sentenced to:
- 1 year in the Vigo County Jail (suspended)
- 1 year of informal probation (good time to count @ 50%)
- 80 hours of community service
- $185 fine/costs
Count 1 (felony charge of voting outside precinct) and Count 2 (felony charge of voting outside precinct residence knowingly vote or offer to vote in a precinct other than which he resides) were both dismissed due to the Guilty plea on Count 3.
Kesler entering building prior to Guilty plea:
Kesler leaving the courtroom after conviction and sentencing:
This is the culmination of events that started in mid-2015 when we began looking into his residency and voting records after his appointment to the Edgar County Airport Advisory Board. When presented with the offending information, Kesler promptly resigned from the Airport board. When the offending information was presented to the Vigo County Commissioners, they willingly chose to ignore it and even changed their employment policy. Finally, a complaint was made to the Indiana State Police, who investigated the complaint and recommended charges be brought against Kesler.