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Felons charged again after registering to vote

November 7, 2006

Thomasville-  Three Thomas County felons found out the hard way the voter registrars office checks your record when you register to vote. 

Thirty-two year old Jerry Daniels of Boston and 51 year old Donald Coley and 34 year old Carlos Emanuel both of Thomasville are all charged with false swearing.

All three attempted to register to vote while getting new drivers licenses and signed a waiver saying they were not under sentences for felony convictions, but they were. They could only register if that had completed their sentences and petitioned the parole board. 

"You can petition pardons and parole to have your rights restored and a lot of people actually do that, and usually if you apply without getting in any other trouble, they will pardon and parole will restore your rights," said Inv. Tim Watkins, Thomas County Sheriff's Office. 

All three men are now charged with a felony and face an additional one to five years if convicted.

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