A Floyd County man will spend nine months in federal prison after pleading guilty to lying to a grand jury. Ray D. Hagans, a Martin native, was indicted last June because of his testimony to a federal grand jury.
Hagans had testified that Martin Mayor Sam Howell, and Anthony Castle, had offered him $90 to vote for Howell in the 2012 Martin mayor's race. However, in January, Hagans admitted that his testimony was false and pleaded guilty.
Last week, U.S. District Judge Danny C. Reeves ordered Hagans to be incarcerated for nine months. The grand jury had been investigating allegations of vote buying in the Martin mayor's race. That investigation ultimately led to former Martin Mayor Ruth Thomasine Robinson to be convicted of conspiracy and vote buying last year.
Robinson lost her race to Howell by three votes and Hagans will remain free until he reports to prison on June 29.