A Floyd County man who pleaded guilty to stealing dozens of cars has been sentenced to more than 61/2 years in federal prison, U.S. Attorney James Zerhusen announced Thursday.
Marty Keith Hamilton, 51, of Betsy Layne, admitted stealing about 60 cars. He was sentenced to 80 months.
A man who worked with him in the thefts, Gary Dean Keathley, 53, also of Betsy Layne, was sentenced to 50 months in prison.
Hamilton cleaned vehicles for a car dealership. He admitted that he kept duplicate keys for the cars and trucks, or made copies of keys, and put a sticker on the back of the vehicles so he could spot them later at businesses in Pike and Floyd counties.
He would then use the duplicate key to steal the cars and trucks.
Hamilton and Keathley, 53, took identification plates from vehicles they'd bought at dealerships or salvage yards, put them on the stolen vehicles, and sold them to unsuspecting buyers in Kentucky, Ohio, Michigan and West Virginia, according to a release from Zerhusen's office.
Hamilton and Keathley will have to repay victims, but the amount has not yet been determined.
Potential victims have been notified by letter.
Anyone who has received such a notice should call the victim-witness coordinator at the U.S. Attorney's Office, (859) 233-2661, according to a news release.