Ex-lawmaker draws probation in vote fraud case

LITTLE ROCK — Former state Rep. Hudson Hallum was sentenced Thursday three years probation on a federal vote fraud charge to which he pleaded guilty last year.

U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker also sentenced the one-time Democratic lawmaker to nine months of home confinement during the term of his probation, imposed a $20,000 fine and ordered Hallum to perform 100 hours of community service.

Hallum, 29, of Marion, and three others, including his father, were charged with vote fraud in a 2011 special election in which Hallum won a House seat that had been vacated by Fred Smith, who had resigned after his conviction on a theft charge. Smith, originally elected as a Democrat, regained the House seat in November 2012 running as a Green Party candidate.

During Thursday’s sentencing hearing, Hallum told the judge he understood his actions had violated the public trust.

“During the course of my election, I did some things that were wrong, that broke the law, and I’m terribly sorry for that,” he said. “I violated the trust of the people that supported me. I put my friends and family in a terrible position of hurt. I endangered the job of the people that worked for me and put their livelihood a risk.”

Under other terms of his sentence, Hallum was prohibited from drinking alcohol and possessing a firearm.