Altavista councilman Timothy George plead guilty to two counts of Election Office Neglect Duty in Campbell County Circuit Court on Tuesday afternoon.

George was sentenced to ten days of home confinement, two $250 fines, and 150 hours of community service. He must be on good behavior for ten years.

The Virginia State Police on behalf of the Commonwealth of Virginia spent over a year investigating this case. At times, they had three different investigators working on it.

It takes 125 signatures on a petition to get a candidate’s name on the ballot for town council and in the end, they found four people who said George did not actually witness them sign (three on one petition and one on the other). This is where the two felony charges came in.

Following his day in court, George said, “First of all, I’d like to thank my community, my friends, and family for supporting me during this difficult time. Secondly, I’d like to say that I have never considered myself to be a politician, but rather a community volunteer. I love living in this small town of Altavista and I’m sure that I’ve made mistakes along the way, but they were never for political, personal, or financial gain. I am a gun engraver by trade and that is how I make my living.”

Council members gross $2,500 per year with no benefits.