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Trump Georgia election case defendant pleads guilty

The Fulton County Sheriff’s Office released a police check-in photo showing Republican poll watcher Trump after a grand jury indicted former President Donald Trump and 18 of his allies for trying to overturn the 2020 election results in Atlanta. Scott Hall. , Georgia, August 22, 2023.

Fulton County Sheriff’s Office | via Reuters

Scott Hall, one of 18 co-defendants in former President Donald Trump’s Georgia election interference case, pleaded guilty Friday to multiple criminal charges.

Hall, a bail bondsman, was the first defendant to plead guilty in the case.

Hall confirmed during the court hearing that his plea agreement requires him to testify in any further proceedings, including the trial of his co-defendants.

The change in Hall’s plea increases pressure on other defendants in the case, who could face years in prison if convicted.

Hall, who pleaded guilty to five misdemeanors as part of a negotiated deal, will avoid jail time.

He will be placed on probation for five years as part of the sentencing agreement, Judge Scott McAfee said during a hearing Friday afternoon in Fulton County Superior Court.

Hall must also pay a total of $5,000 and perform 200 hours of community service, the judge said during the hearing.

Hall was originally charged with seven counts in the case, which accused Trump and other defendants of illegally conspiring to overturn President Joe Biden’s election victory in Georgia’s 2020 election.

Hall is accused of intentionally tampering with electronic voting machines in Coffee County, Georgia, and worked with multiple other co-defendants, including pro-Trump attorney Sidney Powell, as part of the effort.

Hall, like all other defendants in the case, has pleaded not guilty to the charges brought by Atlanta District Attorney Fani Willis.

But earlier Friday, an attorney for Hall filed a court document dropping prosecution in the case.

A spokesman for Willis’ office did not immediately respond to CNBC’s request for comment.

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