Ex-Breathitt County School Chief Pleads Guilty To Vote Buying

Jul 24, 2012

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- A former eastern Kentucky school superintendent has pleaded guilty in a federal vote-buying case.

A statement from the U.S. Attorney's Office says one-time Breathitt County school chief Arch Turner, who is 66, admitted in court Tuesday to distributing money to others to buy votes for candidates in the May 2010 primary election. According to his plea agreement, he also accepted money from another person to be used to purchase votes.

Ten others, including former Breathitt County Sheriff John Turner, have pleaded guilty or have been convicted of taking part in vote-buying in the same election.

Turner faces up to five years in prison in the case. He will be sentenced on Oct. 24.