Mayor's son pleads guilty to helping buy votes

Pineville Mayor Bob Madon put up the money used to buy votes for him in the November 2006 election in which he won office, according to his son's plea agreement. Brent Madon, 45, pleaded guilty Thursday to a charge that he conspired with his father to buy votes for the elder Madon, 73.

Brent Madon acknowledged he took voters to the courthouse to vote before Election Day by absentee ballot, paying them $10 to $20 apiece.

After one woman told an election officer she would be in town on Election Day, but then changed her story and was allowed to vote early, Bob Madon gave her $50 for gas and "insisted" she be out of town on Election Day, according to the plea agreement.

Brent Madon faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison. Madon's father has pleaded not guilty.

"This has been a difficult decision for him to reach," said Brent Madon's attorney, Joyce Merritt. "He decided to be honest."