Man takes plea deal after election law violations

Posted at 11:01 AM, Feb 16, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-16 11:01:26-05

A local community activist has accepted a plea deal in connection to election law violations.

Rus Thompson, 60, was charged with registering to vote for the primary election in 2015 on Grand Island by affidavit when, according to the District Attorney's Office, he actually lived in the City of Niagara Falls.

Thompson, therefore, was able to vote in the Grand Island 2015 primary, the 2015 general election and the presidential primary in April, according to District Attorney John Flynn.

Thompson is pleading to a misdemeanor charge and felony charges have been dropped.

Thompson previously claimed the charges against him were linked to a political witch hunt to get him off Grand Island.