Breathitt County political candidate sentenced to 4 months for buying votes

bestep@herald-leader.comSeptember 13, 2012 

A political candidate who admitted buying votes in Breathitt County has been sentenced to four months in federal prison followed by four months of home detention.

Darrell Raleigh also must perform 80 hours of community service as part of the sentence handed down Wednesday by U.S. District Judge Karen Caldwell.

Raleigh admitted that Arch Turner, then the county school superintendent, asked him to run for office in the May 2010 primary, according to a court document.

Turner allegedly headed a faction vying for political control of the county.

Raleigh said he was promised he would receive money to buy votes. His plea agreement did not say who made that promise, but in a separate case, Turner admitted supplying money to buy votes in the election.

Raleigh said in a court document that he got several thousand dollars and used it to buy votes.

Turner, who eventually resigned after being indicted earlier this year, pleaded guilty and is to be sentenced next month. He could get up to five years in prison.

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