Sowers guilty on ten voter fraud counts
After two days of testimony and an hour of deliberation, a Tunica County jury returned a guilty verdict in the case against community activist Lessadolla Sowers.
Sowers was convicted of 10 counts of voter fraud and was sentenced to five years for each count. Circuit Court Judge Charles Webster ordered Sowers to serve her terms concurrently with no possibility of parole. She was also ordered to pay restitution and court costs.
The verdict came after the state presented evidence that Sowers committed voter fraud in the weeks leading up to the democratic primary in 2007.
In his opening remarks, prosecutor Bill Gresham said 31 absentee ballots were seized by the Mississipi Bureau of Investigation in 2007 after allegations of misconduct. Those 31 ballots led to 31 counts of voter fraud in the initial indictment against Sowers. During court proceedings, 21 counts were dropped for various reasons and 10 remained.
Lucky No. 11?
On the heels of announcements concerning a potential tenth casino in Tunica County, another investor group has started the process to build and open an eleventh gaming resort here.
GW/LUX Tunica Project LLC, a Seattle, WA-based company founded in 2008, this week placed a Notice of Intent to seek site approval for about 80 acres just east of Hollywood Casino on land owned by Shea Leatherman LLC and a gaming license for a proposed casino tentatively named Paradise Found, a four-star hotel, an indoor water park, a second on-site hotel geared toward families, a Kid’s Quest, movie theatre, bowling facility and entertainment center.
The three R's of Rivergate
Vision on airport’s horizon
The exodus of one airline will make way for another, according to officials at the Tunica Airport.
On June 2, Vision Airlines will begin offering service from Tunica. AirTran Airways is scheduled to stop local service on May 2.
Vision will offer flights from Destin/Ft. Walton Beach, Florida for an introductory fare of $39 through April 24. Flights are set for Thursdays, Fridays, Sundays and Mondays of each week.
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