Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Prosecutor seeking longer sentence in Morgan case


(AP) - An eastern Kentucky judge-executive has a sentencing date this month in a corruption case, and the prosecutor is asking that he be sent to prison for more time than federal guidelines suggest.

Morgan County Judge-Executive Tim Conley pleaded guilty in August to fraud. Court records indicate he received at least $130,000 in kickbacks from a contractor between 2009 and 2013.

Prosecutors said the scheme continued as the town struggled to rebuild from a deadly March 2012 tornado.

According to reports, Conley's top sentence would be seven years and three months under advisory guidelines. Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrew T. Boone's motion urges a sentence of 11 years and four months.

Defense lawyer R. Michael Murphy said the defense team will vigorously oppose the motion.