Choking back tears, former Connecticut legislator Barnaby Horton told a judge Wednesday he was sorry for misleading elderly voters into casting absentee ballots for him.
“I apologize to the … elderly residents who put their faith in me and I let them down,” said Horton, 35.
Horton was arrested last year on seven felony counts of unlawful possession of another’s absentee ballot and three counts of being present, as a candidate, when absentee ballots were completed. He was arrested after his opponent in a 2002 Democratic runoff in Hartford learned that Horton had collected absentee ballots from residents at a home for low-income elderly and handicapped people.
Officials ruled that Horton had gone from room to room at the home, providing residents with ballots and, in some cases, encouraging them to mark his name on the ballot.
He lost the election.
He appeared before a judge Wednesday in a hearing to determine whether he should be granted admission to an accelerated rehabilitation program. The program allows defendants with no prior criminal record to have the charge removed from their record when they complete probation.