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Milwaukee man pleads guilty to five counts of voter fraud
A Milwaukee man pleaded guilty Monday to illegally voting five times last year in West Milwaukee, when in fact he did not have residency there.
Leonard K. Brown, 56, still faces a charge of voting twice in the November presidential election and making a false statement to an election official on election day. Those cases have been rescheduled for trial in January. His sentencing on the five convictions resulting from Monday's pleas will be scheduled sometime after that trial.
Brown was among 10 people charged in March with a variety of charges related to voter fraud. He is charged with voting twice in the Nov. 6 election — in person in Milwaukee on that date and by absentee ballot in West Milwaukee four days earlier.
The cases against the other nine defendants have all been resolved. Another man who was charged with voting twice in the presidential election, Chad Gigowski, 28, pleaded guilty last month and is scheduled for sentencing Thursday before Milwaukee County Circuit Judge Timothy Witkowiak.
Andrew L. Shepherd pleaded guilty to lying to election officials about his past felony record so he could get hired as a special voter registration worker. He was sentenced in July to 30 days in the House of Correction.
Brittany M. Rainey, 23, pleaded guilty to voting as a felon and was sentenced to 45 days in the House of Correction.
Caitlin B. Haycock, 25, pleaded guilty to signing her parents' names, and her own, to a petition seeking a recall election for Gov. Scott Walker. Her parents also signed separately. Haycock was sentenced to 40 hours of community service and fined $500 as conditions of a year's probation.
The petition circulator who let Haycock sign her parents' names, Jenny Wanasek, 56, also pleaded guilty to the same misdemeanor election fraud charge and received the same sentence.
Four cases, for voting in the wrong locations and for a recall signature violation, were prosecuted as civil forfeitures in small claims court and resulted in $100 fines.