Hattiesburg man sentenced for special mayoral election incident

Hattiesburg man sentenced for special mayoral election incident
Mack Charles West Jr.

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - A Hattiesburg man charged with voting by an unqualified person stemming from the special Hattiesburg mayoral election has been sentenced in Forrest County Circuit Court.

Mack Charles West Jr. was indicted in October 2014 for unlawfully casting his vote in the Hattiesburg, Mississippi mayoral special election, when he was not legally qualified to do so. West was previously convicted of felony shoplifting, known as a disenfranchising crime, on August 30th, 2013.

West, through his attorney, Ben Thornton did petition the court to accept a guilty plea to the misdemeanor charge.

According to a sentencing order filed March 30th, 2015, Mack Charles West Jr. was sentenced to six months in the Forrest County Jail, a $200.00 fine, and costs of court, to be paid in full within 150 days.

According to the sentencing order, the six month sentence, except time served, shall be and is hereby suspended conditioned upon the defendant's (West Jr.) good behavior and compliance with terms of the court order.

West is currently housed at the Forrest County Jail.