An eight-month legal saga involving Western New York Tea Party activist Rus Thompson appears to have been resolved relatively painlessly Thursday morning. Thompson, facing felony voter fraud charges, pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of offering a false instrument for filing. His attorney said he’s not likely to face any prison time as a result.

Thompson was accused of voting in the wrong district in three separate elections between 2015 and 2016. Due to zoning issues, he had been evicted from his home in Grand Island and moved to Niagara Falls, but continued to vote in his previous district.

Thompson essentially admitted to that in his affidavit but said he was only living in the Falls temporarily and never registered to vote anywhere but Grand Island.

“I do everything on Grand Island it’s been my home since 1995 and I will be back on the island, but the senseless politics that are being played here. In politics you win or you lose you lose you turn around and you fight the next fight, not on Grand Island, on Grand Island you fight you win they lose they come after you with everything they’ve got,” he said.

While Thompson, typically outspoken, did his best to follow his attorney’s advice and remain silent throughout the course of the litigation, some of his friends, like former gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino, suggested the case was politically motivated. In particular, Paladino believed then-Acting Erie County District Attorney Michael Flaherty was trying to make a name for himself in the middle of his election campaign.

Thompson previously turned down a deal offered by Flaherty that would’ve likely allowed him to avoid prison but still plead guilty to a felony. The activist said if he had accepted he’d give up his right to vote or own a gun, two of the things he advocates for regularly.

In September, John Flynn defeated Flaherty in a Democratic primary and ultimately won the seat. Flynn said Tuesday felony charges were not appropriate.

Thompson and his attorney repeatedly thanked the new DA for taking politics out of the case.