Grand jury adds charges in Breathitt vote-buying case

bestep@herald-leader.comApril 18, 2012 

A federal grand jury has added charges against another man in an alleged vote-buying conspiracy involving the school superintendent in Breathitt County.

A federal grand jury first indicted Superintendent Arch Turner in March on charges of conspiracy, obstruction of justice and lying to a federal agent.

A superseding indictment returned Wednesday charges Turner with conspiracy; lying to the FBI; telling someone else to lie to a federal grand jury; and trying to get a witness not to talk.

The indictment also charges that Turner and John L. Turner conspired with several others in the vote-buying scheme, and that Arch Turner provided money to buy votes.

Arch Turner, who previously pleaded not guilty, faces up to 20 years in prison of convicted.

John L. Turner faces up to five years.

A total of seven people have pleaded guilty or been convicted of vote fraud in connection with the May 2010 primary in Breathitt County.

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