Former Washington County deputy sheriffs are sentenced in drug-trafficking case

Two former Washington County deputy sheriffs have been sentenced to more than four years in prison after pleading guilty to federal charges of carrying firearms during the commission of a drug trafficking crime.

Norris Wayne Bartley, 44, of Springfield, and Billy Joe Mattingly, 42, of Mackville, were sentenced to 50 months in prison each, to be followed by three years of supervised release.

Federal Judge John G. Heyburn imposed the sentences in U.S. District Court in Louisville.

Bartley and Mattingly admitted that in Nov. 2009 they stole 30 pounds of marijuana from a locked trailer in Washington County, while in uniform and on duty and carrying firearms issued to them as officers of the Washington County Sheriff's Department. They also acknowledged in open court that they attempted to conceal the marijuana in the trunk of an official vehicle.

The two were arrested by Kentucky State Police after an investigation.