A co-defendant in Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis‘ sweeping racketeering case against former President Donald Trump and 18 other individuals has entered a plea deal — becoming the first of the 19 charged Americans to do so.
Scott Hall, a bail bondsman, pleaded guilty to five counts of conspiracy to commit intentional interference with the performance of election duties in exchange for lenient sentencing, Fox 5 reported.
As part of that deal, Hall has agreed to five years of probation, to refrain from election polling activities, pay a fine of $5,000, serve 200 hours of community service, and write an apology letter to the people of Georgia while cooperating with the Fulton County DA’s office.
Prosecutors alleged that Hall flew to Coffee County and “imaged every hard drive of every piece of equipment” from Coffee County voting stations at the request of former Trump attorney Sidney Powell, thereby breaching election data. According to Fox 5, Georgia officials have said that such efforts were unauthorized. The incident reportedly cost the state $400,000 to replace the equipment.
According to CBS, Hall will be required to testify at future trials in this case. All other co-defendants have refused to enter a plea deal.
As previously reported, Trump was charged with 13 counts, including three counts of solicitation of violation of oath by public officer, two counts of conspiracy to commit forgery in the first degree, and two counts of conspiracy to commit false statements and writings among other charges. Trump said his arrest in Georgia, which resulted in a mugshot of the leading GOP candidate in the 2024 election, represented “a very sad day for America.”
“What has taken place here is a travesty of justice, we did nothing wrong, I did nothing wrong,” he said. “And everybody knows that I’ve never had such support.”
Zach Jewell contributed to this report.
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