RALEIGH – Guadalupe Espinosa-Pena, age 61, of Mexico, residing in Wake County, North Carolina, was sentenced to one month imprisonment and one year supervised release by United States District Judge Louise W. Flanagan after a guilty plea to illegal voting by an alien.
According to court records, Espinosa-Pena is a lawful permanent resident whose application for United States citizenship had been denied. Espinosa-Pena attempted to register to vote in North Carolina previously, but was informed he could not register as he was not a United States citizen.
Thereafter, Espinosa-Pena nonetheless completed a voter registration with an election official’s aid and registered to vote. The election official advised Espinosa-Pena that “if he wanted his voice to be heard, he needed to vote.” As detailed in the Indictment, Espinosa-Pena voted in the General Election of 2016 in Wake County, North Carolina held in part for the purpose of electing a candidate for the office of President of the United States.