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Hazleton man dies in prison serving time for election misconduct, marijuana
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Hazleton man dies in prison serving time for election misconduct, marijuana

William James Gibson

William James Gibson

HAZLETON --- A Hazleton man serving time for election misconduct and other charges has died in prison.

William James Gibson, 70, who had also lived in Oelwein, died around 5 a.m. Friday at the Iowa Medical and Classification Center at Oakdale, according to the Iowa Department of Corrections. He died of natural causes, and his death wasn’t COVID-related, officials said.

Gibson served several prison stints over the years for burglary and drugs, including federal time for firearms violations

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At the time of his death, Gibson was in prison for election misconduct and possession of marijuana as a habitual offender. Authorities said he showed up at a polling location in the November 2018 election and registered to vote, even after a poll worker told him he was prohibited because he was a convicted felon.

Because of his prior record, he had been sentenced to up to 30 years in prison, according to court records.

In March he asked the court for a reconsideration of his sentence but was turned down.


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