Fayette County

How the other former airport directors fared

Michael Gobb received his probation instructions from a court clerk in 2010 as his attorney, Pat Nash, looked on.
Michael Gobb received his probation instructions from a court clerk in 2010 as his attorney, Pat Nash, looked on. Lexington Herald-Leader

John G. Coon, the former director of operations, and John P. Slone, the former director of planning and development, accepted plea deals in the spring in which each pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of conspiracy to commit theft by deception. Each of the two had been indicted on one charge of felony theft by deception. Prosecutors, as part of the plea deal, recommended a 12-month jail sentence. Coon, 48, and Slone, 52, were each sentenced to 12 months in jail, but conditionally discharged for two years. Under a conditional discharge, a person is not subject to supervision that comes with regular probation, and the person avoids jail time if he stays out of trouble with the law.

John S. Rhodes, former administration and finance director, accepted a plea deal in April in which he pleaded guilty to one count of felony theft by deception. Prosecutors recommended that five other counts of felony theft by deception be dismissed. Rhodes, 56, was sentenced to 21/2 years in prison, however, the judge conditionally discharged Rhodes for five years.

"The public is becoming increasingly discouraged that people do not suffer consequences for violating our laws."

Ray Larson, Fayette commonwealth's attorney

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