WASHINGTON COUNTY - A man who registered and voted last year under a name he wasn't born with was convicted Thursday of two election-related crimes.
A Washington County Circuit Court jury deliberated for about 30 minutes before finding Roger Dean Weber, 62, guilty of falsely registering to vote and knowingly voting under a false name.
Weber registered, voted and ran unsuccessfully in the 2005 Republican mayoral primary as Charlie Baker - the way he has identified himself for many years, he said. He received about 1 percent of the vote.
Weber's attorney, Assistant Public Defender Stephen Musselman, noted that Maryland lets people change their names through common usage.
However, Assistant State's Attorney Robert Veil said police officers previously told Weber to use his given name for official use.
Despite Weber's lengthy, decades-old criminal record, Judge M. Kenneth Long Jr. didn't send him to jail, saying the state got its message across.