Former sheriff plans to plead guilty in Breathitt vote-buying case

June 6, 2012 

A man charged with former Breathitt County Schools Superintendent Arch Turner in a vote-buying case plans to plead guilty.

The attorney for John L. Turner filed a motion Wednesday seeking a hearing for Turner to plead guilty on one charge of a federal indictment.

That charge is that John L. Turner, a former county sheriff, conspired with Arch Turner and others to buy votes in the May 2010 primary election in Breathitt County.

Arch Turner also is charged with providing money to buy votes; trying to get a witness to lie or not give information to authorities; and lying to an FBI agent.

He faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted.

Arch Turner was charged in March. He had been free on bond, but resigned in May after a federal judge ordered him jailed until trial for having improper contact with John L. Turner.

Arch Turner discussed trying to get the stories straight among defense witnesses, according to the judge's order.

Arch Turner's trial is scheduled to begin July 30.

Several people have pleaded guilty or been convicted in related vote-fraud cases.

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