A Terre Haute City Council candidate will get to remain in the race after having his felony record expunged.
The felony in question happened more than 20 years ago, and candidate Ryan Carter said he simply forgot about it.
“I’m not ashamed,” Carter told WTWO/WAWV last month. “Nobody should really be ashamed of their past mistakes if they are trying to do right.”
Back in December 1996, Carter was arrested and convicted in Marion County of felony theft. He said officials said he was told if he pleaded guilty, the felony would go away after a few years. And for a long time, he thought it had.
That was until he applied for a position with the Vigo County Sheriff’s Department, which required a thorough background check.
Carter was already on the ballot for the upcoming primary election. He was given until the primaries to have the felony removed from his record, or even if he won a spot in the general election, he would not move on.
Thursday, a judge granted his petition to expunge, and his record was sealed.