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Court Hearing for Teen Voter Continues Today

Posted January 7, 1997 12:00 a.m. EST

— A 15-year-old Durham boy accused of a breaking the law by voting in the November elections will be back in juvenile court today.

Ben Winegarden was charged with two felonies: illegal voting and providing false information on his voter registration card. Winegarden registered to vote during an alternative music concert, Lollapalooza, in Rockingham. He gave his correct name but listed his birth year as 1956.

The boy's father, Jerome Winegarden, also was charged with being an accessory after the fact of voter fraud, a felony, and a misdemeanor charge of contributing to the delinquency of a minor. He is due to appear in court Feb. 3.

District Attorney Jim Hardin has said that, given the state's sentencing rules, it is unlike that either father or son will serve any jail time if convicted.