Rensselaer County District Attorney Joel E. Abelove announced today that Ernest E. Everett, age 34, was convicted by a jury of three (3) counts of Offering a False Instrument for Filing in the Second Degree, a class A misdemeanor. The verdict came today following a three day trial before the Honorable Christopher T. Maier.

The Jury found that Everett falsified documents when he signed the oath on his designating petitions, swearing that he was present and that the voters identified themselves to him, and then filed the falsified designating petitions to get on the ballot for the 2015 Democratic primary for mayor.

As a result of the conviction, Everett faces up to one (1) year in Rensselaer County Jail. The defendant will be sentenced on Thursday, January 19, 2017, at the Troy City Courthouse before the Honorable Christopher T. Maier.

Abelove said, “Corruption of the political process damages our democracy. My office will continue to pursue those who pervert our system for their own benefit.”

Assistant District Attorneys Christopher J. Torelli and Brian T. Hughes prosecuted the case.