A Texas woman just got sentenced to five years behind bars simply for not being hip to a voting law! Back in November 2016, 43-year-old Crystal Mason had just recently been released from prison for tax fraud. Her mother had encouraged her to vote in the 2016 presidential election and eventually she obliged!

Little did Mason know, it’s illegal for a felon to cast a vote and was indicted on a charge of illegal voting in Tarrant County, Texas last year.

This past Thursday, Mason was found guilty by State District Judge Ruben Gonzalez even though she told prosecutors that she had no knowledge of the voting law.

“You think I would jeopardize my freedom? You honestly think I would ever want to leave my babies again? That was the hardest thing in my life to deal with. Who would — as a mother, as a provider — leave their kids over voting?”

Mason tells the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.