This morning at approximately 10:15 AM in Courtroom 4D, Gaston County Courthouse, Michael Aaron Lay, aide to Rep. Patrick McHenry, accepted a deferred prosecution deal for registering and voting illegally in North Carolina for the 2004 Republican primary election and runoff.
The terms were as follows: 6 months unsupervised probation, during which time Mr. Lay must complete 100 hours of community service. He must pay $240.50 in court costs and $250.00 community service fee, for a total of $440.50.
If Mr. Lay completes these obligations satisfactorily, District Attorney Locke Bell will voluntarily dismiss the charges.
Mr. Lay was represented by attorney Thom Goolsby of Wilmington.