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Former Candidate Sentenced for Role in Campaign Mailer Mess

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Orange County Republican Tan Nguyen, who campaigned to unseat Democratic US Rep. Loretta Sanchez in 2006, was sentenced today for "to a year and a day in prison for obstruction of justice in a probe of a mailer sent to Latino voters," reports the AP. The mailer, sent to 14,000 registered Democrats with Latino last names, said that immigrants would not be allowed to vote.

"You are advised that if your residence in this country is illegal or you are an immigrant, voting in a federal election is a crime that could result in jail time," read the text in Spanish. Nguyen, an immigrant from Vietnam, denied any knowledge of the mailer.

Nguyen was convicted in December on one count of obstruction of justice "for lying to state investigators about his knowledge of the letter." In addition to his prison term, Nguyen must "serve six months in a residential re-entry program and three years of supervised release."