Former Breathitt County Superintendent Sentenced

Former Breathitt County Superintendent Sentenced

Arch Turner has been sentenced to two years in federal prison for a vote buying scheme.
Former Breathitt County School Superintendent Arch Turner,66, was sentenced to spend two years in federal prison Tuesday for admitting to buying votes in the 2010 primary.

A judge also fined Turner $250,000. That is six times the recommended fine under federal sentencing guidelines.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Ken Taylor said Turner led the vote-buying conspiracy even though he was not on the ballot and had nothing to gain financially. In court in July, Turner admitted distributing money to others to buy votes for candidates. His plea agreement said he also accepted money from another person to be used to purchase votes. Eleven others were convicted or pleaded guilty in related cases.

Turner was school superintendent from 2005 until July 2011.
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