SIOUX CITY (KTIV) – A jury has returned a guilty verdict for the trial of Kim Taylor, who was facing dozens of voter fraud charges.
Kim Taylor, the wife of Woodbury County Supervisor Jeremy Taylor, was facing 52 total voter-fraud-related charges in federal court. She was found guilty of all 52 charges. A breakdown of her charges is listed below:
- 26 counts of providing false information in registering and voting
- 23 counts of fraudulent voting
- 3 counts of fraudulent registration
The Department of Justice says Kim Taylor was charged after she failed to translate portions of forms that warned her victims that forging signatures or signing ballots without consent was a crime. They say Kim Taylor convinced members of the Vietnamese community to fill out ballots for their children, and even collected blank ballots and then filled them out casting ballots for her husband, Jeremy Taylor.
The trial started Monday, Nov. 13 with the jury being seated and the prosecution and defense presenting their opening statements.
Prosecutors painted Kim Taylor as a wife who would do anything to see her husband win, including attempting to steal “the votes of fellow Americans.” Prosecutors also said her actions “threaten the foundation of American government.”
“She wanted her husband to win by any means necessary,” one prosecutor said.
In the defense’s opening statements, Kim Taylor’s attorney said it’s customary in Vietnamese culture for parents to make decisions for their children. He also said Kim Taylor “is a helper” and pointed out that her husband “won in a landslide.”
The defense also argued key government witnesses, like Woodbury County Auditor Pat Gill, are biased against Jeremy Taylor, taking a strike at their credibility ahead of testimony.
Trial testimony began on Tuesday, Nov. 14 with the prosecution resting its case on Thursday, Nov. 16. The defense then had its case wrapped up by Monday, Nov. 20.
With Kim Taylor’s verdict announced Tuesday she now awaits sentencing. Each count she has been found guilty of has a maximum penalty of five years in prison. No sentencing date is scheduled at this time.
This is a Developing Story. Tune in to News 4 tonight for a full recap of the trial.
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