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Former House Candidate Sentenced To Year In Prison

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Tan D. Nguyen, a Republican challenger to Democratic U.S. Rep. Loretta Sanchez responds to questions Thursday, Oct. 19, 2006, in Garden Grove, Calif., about letters sent to thousands of Orange County Hispanics warning them they could go to jail or be deported if they vote next month. Nguyen said Thursday that he was not personally involved in sending the letter, a mailing that prompted a state investigation. (credit: Ric Francis/AP)

Tan D. Nguyen, a Republican challenger to Democratic U.S. Rep. Loretta Sanchez responds to questions Thursday, Oct. 19, 2006, in Garden Grove, Calif., about letters sent to thousands of Orange County Hispanics warning them they could go to jail or be deported if they vote next month. Nguyen said Thursday that he was not personally involved in sending the letter, a mailing that prompted a state investigation. (credit: Ric Francis/AP)

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SANTA ANA (AP) — A former Southern California congressional candidate has been sentenced to a year and a day in prison for obstruction of justice in a probe of a mailer sent to Latino voters during his 2006 campaign warning that immigrants could not vote.

Prosecutor Greg Staples says former Orange County Republican candidate Tan Nguyen will also serve six months in a residential re-entry program and three years of supervised release.

Nguyen declined comment on Monday’s hearing before U.S. District Court Judge David O. Carter except to say it didn’t go well.

His prison term begins March 28.

Nguyen was convicted in December of one count of obstruction of justice for lying to state investigators about his knowledge of the letter sent to 14,000 registered Democrats with Latino surnames during his bid to unseat Democratic Rep. Loretta Sanchez.

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