Friday, January 23, 2015

Defense opposes longer sentence in Morgan Judge-Exec case

Defense attorneys are objecting to a prosecutor's request to send an eastern Kentucky judge-executive to prison in a corruption case 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.

Under federal advisory guidelines, Conley's top sentence would be seven years and three months, but assistant U.S. Attorney Andrew T. Boone has requested a sentence of 11 years and four months.

Sentencing is set for Jan. 27.