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Crime & Courts

Former Dem chair Flowers pleads guilty to election charges

The former chairman of the Kendall County Democratic Party is now a convicted felon.

Martin Flowers, 43, of Montgomery agreed to a plea bargain Thursday morning with the Kendall County State's Attorney's Office before Judge Timothy McCann, pleading guilty to felony mutilation of election materials, in connection with forging the names of registered voters on election petitions.

As part of the agreement, Flowers, who served as the county's Democratic Party chairman until April of 2006, admitted to forging signatures on election petitions for both his candidacy as an Oswego Township road commissioner candidate earlier this year and as an Oswego Public Library District Board member in 2015. Flowers withdrew his candidacy for Oswego Township road commissioner in December. He was elected in 2015 to a two-year term on the library district board after running unopposed.

Flowers was sentenced to 30 days in county jail as part of the agreement. He will begin his sentence on Aug. 4. He will also serve two years of probation and pay a $2,000 fine, according to State's Attorney Eric Weis. Additionally, he will be required to perform 100 hours of community service, according to court documents.

In addition, Flowers cannot seek employment from a public entity for five years after the completion of his sentence, per the agreement.

Herman Johnson, 77, of Oswego was also charged with felony mutilation of election materials, and also took a plea deal with Weis' office. Johnson was sentenced to two years of probation and must pay a fine of $1,000 as part of the agreement, as well as perform 100 hours of community service work.

Kenneth Musich, 66, of Boulder Hill was charged with a misdemeanor, disregard of the election code, as a result of the Oswego police investigation that yielded the Flowers and Johnson charges. Musich was sentenced to two years of probation and a fine of $500, along with performing 130 hours of community service.

Oswego police said Johnson knowingly forged or falsified his candidate petition for Oswego Township trustee, while Musich was accused of certifying that he was the circulator of a candidate petition for Oswego Township road commissioner in the April election for Martin Flowers when he was not.

All three men were represented by attorney John Sackmann of Oswego.

The charges against Flowers, Johnson and Musich capped a six-month investigation by Oswego police into the forgery allegations.

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