Tim Conley was called a hero by many after he helped Morgan County rebuild from a deadly tornado in 2012 but he admitted that he used that tragedy for personal gain, getting financial kickbacks during the rebuilding.
The judge sentenced Conley to 87 months in prison and to pay back the $130,000 he got in kickbacks.
In court, Conley tearfully begged the judge for mercy. He admitted that he made a mistake but he says he know it’s something he cannot undo.
Back in August, Conley admitted that he gave about $1 million in work to a construction company in exchange for $130,000 in kickbacks after a tornado ripped through West Liberty.
The judge said Conley needs to be held accountable for adding to the distrust people have with government.
The judge sentenced Conley to spend 87 months in prison then probation for three years. He also has to pay the $130,000 back in restitution; $104,000 to the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet and $26,000 to Morgan County.
The prosecution argued for a longer sentence of, 11 years and four months.
Conley must self-report to prison by March 24th.