William James Gibson - 11-6-2019
William James Gibson, 68, of Hazleton, Iowa, pleaded guilty to two counts of Election Misconduct in the First Degree and one count of Possession of a Controlled Substance, Third or Subsequent Offense, in the Iowa District Court for Buchanan County on November 5, 2019.
Both counts of Election Misconduct arose from the November 2018 election. One count of Election Misconduct relates to Gibson submitting a voter registration application that he knew to be materially false by asserting that he had never been convicted of a felony. The second count of Election Misconduct arose when Gibson attempted to vote in the election despite knowing he was not qualified to do so because of his felon status. Poll workers identified Gibson as a potential felon and only permitted him to cast a provisional ballot. At the time of the November 2018 election, Gibson was on probation for a felony drug offense as well as having seven (7) prior convictions for state and federal felonies.
The Possession of a Controlled Substance, Third or Subsequent Offense, arose in September 2019 when an officer arrested Gibson following his failure to appear in the Election Misconduct case.
All of the pending charges against Gibson are Class D Felonies but have been Enhanced due his status as a Habitual Felon. Gibson faces imprisonment up to 15 years on each of the three charges as well as an additional 15 years for violating his probation when he is sentenced. A sentencing hearing has not yet been scheduled.
See official Buchanan County Attorney's Office Press Release.