Candidate's uncle gets probation in voting fraud case

John C. Moretina

has been sentenced to five years of probation for violating federal election law, according to the U.S. attorney’s office.

Moretina had earlier entered a guilty plea to fraudulently registering to vote in July 2010, in what was then the 40th Missouri House district. Nephew

J.J. Rizzo

was a candidate in the Democratic state House primary that August.

Rizzo won that primary by a single vote.

Moretina faced a five-year prison sentence on the federal charge, but was given probation. He had earlier reached a plea agreement with prosecutors.

In June Moretina and his wife pleaded guilty to an election fraud charge in Jackson County. They paid a fine and forfeited their voting rights.