Former Trigg County Sheriff pleads guilty to providing alcohol to minor, witness tampering

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ/Press Release) – Former Trigg County Sheriff Jason Barnes of Gracey. Barnes pled guilty to charges related to providing alcohol to a person under 21 and tampering with the testimony of a potential witness.

In February 2020, Barnes provided alcohol to a person under the age of 21 and later knowingly practiced deceit with the intent to affect the testimony of a potential witness.

Barnes tendered his resignation as Trigg County Sheriff effective Monday, Aug. 31, 2020.

On Monday, Dec. 27, Barnes pleaded guilty in Trigg Circuit Court to tampering with a witness, a Class D felony, and to an unlawful transaction with a minor in the third degree, a Class A misdemeanor.

The Kentucky State Police, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Kentucky jointly investigated the case. Assistant Attorney General Alexander Garcia prosecuted the case on behalf of the Commonwealth. Sentencing is scheduled for Feb. 8, 2022.

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