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State Sen. Roderick Wright convicted of perjury, voter fraud

California state Sen. Roderick Wright is seen in this undated file photo.
January 28, 2014 1:54:34 PM PST
California state Sen. Roderick Wright was convicted Tuesday of felony perjury, false declaration of candidacy and fraudulent voting.

The jury found Wright guilty of living outside his Inglewood district when he ran for -- and won -- his state seat in 2008 for the 25th Senate District.

According to prosecutors, Wright claimed he was living in one of the units at 868 Glenway Drive, a five unit complex that he owns in Inglewood, but his true residence was in Baldwin Hills, which is in the 26th district.

Wright was found guilty of two counts of perjury, one count of filing a false declaration of candidacy and five counts of fraudulent voting in elections in 2008 and 2009, all felonies. He faces up to eight years and four months in state prison when he is sentenced on March 12. He would also be barred for life from holding any elected office.

An attorney for Wright said they would appeal.

Due to redistricting, Wright currently represents the 35th Senate District, which includes Inglewood, Gardena, Compton, Long Beach, Hawthorne, San Pedro, Torrance and Wilmington.

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