This morning at the Gaston County Courthouse, Patrick McHenry former staffer, aide, and roomie Michael Aaron Lay took a "deferred prosecution deal."
Which amounts to six months unsupervised probation, during which time he must complete 100 hours of community service, $240.50 in court costs and a $250.00 community service fee, for a grand total of $440.50.
If Lay does all that, District Attorney Locke Bell says he will voluntarily dismiss the charges.
I need some help here. If you take a deal and the charges are dropped, does that mean legally it didn't happen? So did he commit voter fraud or is this a Spiro Agnew nolo contendere-type thing?
Edited for fp by gf