MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Local Black Lives Matter activist Pamela Moses was sentenced to six years and one day in prison following her November 2021 conviction, Shelby County Dist. Atty. Gen. Amy Weirich announced Monday.
Moses founded Black Lives Matter Memphis and was a candidate for Mayor of Memphis, but lost the general election on October 3, 2019.
She was convicted in November of illegally registering to vote in 2019.
According to the D.A.’s office, Moses, 44, has 16 prior criminal convictions and committed the voting offense while on probation.
Criminal Court Judge W. Mark Ward said that if she completes programs in prison and maintains good behavior, he would consider placing her on probation after nine months.
On April 29, 2015, she pled guilty to tampering with evidence and forgery, both felonies, and misdemeanor counts of perjury, stalking, theft under $500 and escape. Moses was placed on probation for seven years.
Public records also show Moses was detained by police in 2016 and charged with inciting to riot. Those charges were dropped.
Moses was rendered infamous because of her felony convictions and lost her citizenship rights, including her right to vote.
She was permanently deemed ineligible to register and vote in Tennessee because of the tampering with evidence conviction.
Last November, proof at her trial showed that on Sept. 3, 2019, Moses filed a certificate of restoration and application for voter registration with the Shelby County Election Commission, falsely asserting that her sentence had expired and that she was eligible to register to vote. However, Moses was still serving her 2015 sentence on probation when she filed the restoration documents, the D.A.’s office said.
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