Sidney Powell, a lawyer who worked for Donald Trump during the 2020 presidential election, pled guilty to 6 criminal counts of conspiracy to commit interference with election duties on October 19, 2023. Powell was indicted for racketeering and six other felony counts. In pleading guilty, she admitted to plotting to unlawfully access secure election machines in Georgia.
As a condition of her plea deal, she agreed to offer testimony against Trump and other defendants, if the prosecutors ask her to do so..
The decision to plead guilty is an important and surprising admission of guilt from a defendant who had previously maintained that she did nothing illegal.
Powell was initially charged with 7 felony counts related to her participation in the voting machine hacking scandal that took place in Coffee County, GA, among other places. She was one of 19 defendants named in the 41-count Fulton County, Georgia election interference indictment.
She is the second defendant in this case to plead guilty. The first defendant to plead guilty, Scott Hall, also acknowledged he illegally participated in the voting machine hacking that occurred in Coffee County, GA.
Powell was set to start trial on October 23, 2023. In pleading guilty to these 6 counts, she was sentenced to 6 years probation. She has also agreed to issue a written apology to the citizens of Georgia and pay $2,700 in restitution to the state to help repair voting machines that were tampered with, as well as a $6,000 additional fine.