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Halfaday Election Fraud Sentencing

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A former Charlottesville city council candidate convicted of felony election fraud charges was sentenced Thursday in Charlottesville Circuit Court. James Halfaday will spend 60 days in jail.

James Halfaday's sentence is for lying on paperwork he filed during his candidacy. He claimed he lived in Charlottesville when he actually lived in Albemarle County when he ran for office.  He could have spent ten years in prison for using a false address when he certified his candidacy for city council. 

He seemed in relatively good spirits before entering the courtroom. The former Charlottesville City Council candidate was just moments away from learning the price he would have to pay for election fraud. When asked if he was he nervous about what could happen he said, "We'll find out after the hearing."  

In the courtroom, Halfaday apologized, saying he was regretfully sorry that he was in this position. He asked for supervised probation, but Judge Hogshire felt like the crime was worthy of some jail time.

He was sentenced to 5 years - but four years, 10 months were suspended. Along with the 60 days in jail, he will also have to complete 40 hours of community service, and 10 years of good behavior.

Halfaday's attorney, Scott Goodman said, "The judge gave him a sentence of 60 days in jail, so that is a time period that will be served in approximately 50 days, so 50 days will take care of 60 on a felony sentence." 

Halfaday was initially charged on four counts of fraud, but a plea agreement meant he would only plead guilty to one.  

Goodman said, "Well I think that he feels the judge was fairly merciful to him given the up to 10 years that he could have gotten, given the amount of time that the commonwealth attorney was asking for." 

Just after the sentencing Halfaday stated, "A successful man knows how to build a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at him and thank you." 

Along with the 60 days in jail, he will also have to complete 40 hours of community service, some supervised probation and 10 years of good behavior. Goodman says he will also have to undergo a mental health evaluation, screening and treatment, which he is already doing. If Halfaday does not comply - he could face the full sentence imposed.  

As a convicted felon, Halfaday will not be able to run for office, votes, or possess a firearm.

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