Ramey sentenced for role in election fraud scheme

Former Lincoln County commissioner Thomas Ramey Jr. had hoped to avoid prison time for his role in an election fraud scheme, but was sentenced to 21 months in federal prison Thursday. Ramey resigned from office in August and pleaded guilty to lying to an FBI agent about his handling of fraudulent absentee ballots when he was a county commissioner. Then-Sheriff Jerry Bowman and then-Clerk Donald Whitten also pleaded guilty in the scheme and received prison time.