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Former aide to Isaac discharged by judge

A onetime senior aide to former Lexington Mayor Teresa Isaac who pleaded guilty to official misconduct was conditionally discharged by a judge on Friday.

Becky Estep was given a form of unsupervised probation for two years. If she commits any other crimes she could face 180 days in jail, Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Andrea Mattingly Williams said.

A criminal case is pending against Debbie Jones, who was an administrative assistant in Isaac's administration.

Jones and Estep were indicted by a Fayette County grand jury in March on one count each of theft by unlawful taking over $300, a Class D felony.

According to court documents filed in March, Estep used money belonging to the Lexington Festival Committee to buy clothes, popcorn and lunches worth more than $300. Jones allegedly used money from the same source to pay for a trip to Gatlinburg, Tenn., and gift cards and lunches totaling more than $300.

The charge to which Estep pleaded guilty, official misconduct in the first degree, is a Class A misdemeanor, punishable by up to 12 months in jail or a fine of up to $500 or both.

Under Kentucky law, public servants are guilty of official misconduct in the first degree if they knowingly commit acts related to their office that constitute an unauthorized exercise of official function "with intent to obtain or confer a benefit, or to injure another person or deprive another person of a benefit."

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