Wo­man con­victed of il­le­gal vot­ing or­dered to fed­eral pri­son for 5 years

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FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — A North Texas wo­man con­victed in state court of il­le­gal vot­ing has been sen­tenced to 10 months in fed­eral pri­son for vi­o­lat­ing her pa­role from a fraud case by casting a bal­lot.

Crys­tal Ma­son was sen­tenced to five years in state pri­son af­ter plead­ing guilty in March to vot­ing il­le­gally in the 2016 pres­i­den­tial elec­tion. She was on su­per­vised re­lease from the fed­eral fraud case af­ter hav­ing served three years in pri­son and state law pro­hibits vot­ing by a per­son still serv­ing a sen­tence for a crime.

The 43-year- old Ren­don, Texas, wo­man had been free on bond while ap­peal­ing the state sen­tence, but U.S. Dis­trict Judge John McBryde sen­tenced her Thurs­day for vi­o­lat­ing the terms of her su­per­vised re­lease that pro­hib­ited her from vot­ing. ▶THIE▶ES STOLE OVER $40,000 IN RARE IN­SECTS,

REP­TILES: PHILADEL­PHIA (AP) — Philadel­phia po­lice say cur­rent or former em­ploy­ees at an in­sec­tar­ium stole over $40,000 worth of rare in­sects and rep­tiles.

Au­thor­i­ties say the sus­pects stole about 90 per­cent of the an­i­mals at the Philadel­phia In­sec­tar­ium and But­ter­fly Pavil­ion on Aug. 22 and pos­si­bly other days. Po­lice say staff uni­forms were found stabbed into a wall with knives.

Po­lice are search­ing the three sus­pects’ homes for the an­i­mals but no ar­rests have been made. They say some of the in­sects, in­clud­ing a Mex­i­can fire­leg taran­tula, have been re­turned. ▶TRUMP VOL­UN­TEER BLOCKS NEWS PHOTOGRA

PHER’S SHOT OF PRO­TESTER: EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) — A vol­un­teer mem­ber of the ad­vance team for Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump blocked a pho­to­jour­nal­ist’s cam­era as he tried to take a photo of a pro­tester dur­ing a cam­paign rally in In­di­ana.

A photo taken by Associated Press pho­tog­ra­pher Evan Vucci on Thurs­day in Evansville shows the vol­un­teer stretch­ing out his hand over the lens of a news pho­tog­ra­pher’s cam­era af­ter a pro­tester dis­rupted Trump’s cam­paign event. Trump paced on stage at the Ford Cen­ter as the pro­tester was led out.

The pres­i­dent was in town to stump for Repub­li­can Se­nate can­di­date Mike Braun, who is look­ing to un­seat Demo­cratic Sen. Joe Don­nelly in what is viewed as one of the na­tion’s most com­pet­i­tive Se­nate races. ▶‘ MONSIGNOR METH’ GETS MORE PRI­SON TIME

FOR FAILED DRUG TEST: HART­FORD, Conn. (AP) — A Con­necti­cut Ro­man Catholic priest who ran a metham­phetamine ring was sent back to pri­son for nine months on Thurs­day for fail­ing another drug test while on su­per­vised re­lease from his first stint be­hind bars.

Former Monsignor Kevin Wallin ap­peared in fed­eral court in Hart­ford, where he asked Judge Al­fred Covello to con­tinue his su­per­vised re­lease so he could be­gin a long-term res­i­den­tial treat­ment pro­gram for sub­stance abuse.

But Covello had warned Wallin back in April, af­ter he failed sev­eral drug tests, that he would be put back in the slam­mer if he flunked another one. Pro­ba­tion of­fi­cials said Wallin tested pos­i­tive for metham­phetamine ear­lier this month.

Wallin, dubbed “Monsignor Meth” in some me­dia re­ports, pleaded guilty in 2013 to a metham­phetamine dis­tri­bu­tion con­spir­acy charge. He was de­tained in pri­son un­til his sen­tenc­ing in May 2015, when he re­ceived a pri­son term of more than five years.

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