Ex-state representative Keith Hall sentenced for bribery
(AP) — Former state representative
and Pikeville coal operator Keith Hall has been sentenced to seven years for
bribing a state mine official.
District Judge Karen Caldwell sentenced the 56-year-old Hall on Thursday and
ordered him to pay a $25,000 fine.
convicted by a jury in June of paying former mine reclamation officer Kelly
Shortridge for favorable treatment in connection with his official duties.
prosecutor's office said evidence at trial showed that Shortridge was paid more
than $46,000 to ignore violations at Hall's property. Defense lawyer Brent
Caldwell said at the time that most of the money was for legitimate
coal-related business deals between the men.
was sentenced to two years.
Hall is a
Democrat who represented Pike County for 14 years.