2 Somerset residents sentenced for bribery attempt

Two Somerset residents were sentenced Wednesday for trying to bribe Pulaski County Commonwealth's Attorney Eddy Montgomery, Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway's office announced Wednesday.

Dormus "Bubby" Dalton, 46, and Virginia "Carol" Hampton, 45, both entered pleas Wednesday in Pulaski Circuit Court, according to a news release from Conway's office.

Dalton pleaded guilty to one count of complicity to bribe a public servant, a felony, and a charge of being a persistent felony offender.

Hampton entered an Alford plea to one count of facilitation to bribe a public servant, a misdemeanor. Under an Alford plea, Hampton maintains her innocence but admits there is enough evidence for a conviction in the event of a jury trial.

Dalton was sentenced to 10 years in prison. Hampton sentenced to one year in jail, but it was probated for two years. Dalton and Hampton are among five Somerset residents charged in the bribery scheme, the news release said.

"This type of illegal and unscrupulous behavior is not tolerated in the Commonwealth of Kentucky," Conway said in the news release. "I appreciate the hard work of my Office of Special Prosecutions and the Somerset Police Department in bringing this case to a successful close."

A Pulaski County grand jury indicted Dalton, Hampton, Nobel Hampton, Walter Creekmore and Everett Hyden in July 2010 for their involvement in the scheme. The five defendants were accused of acting together between May 18 and June 10, 2010 to collect and deliver $20,000 to the Commonwealth's attorney as a bribe to secure the release of Carol Hampton's son, Brandon Compton, a twice-convicted narcotics trafficker.

When Eddy Montgomery, Commonwealth's Attorney for the 28th Judicial Circuit, was approached, he contacted police.

Creekmore, 63, and Hyden, 65, each previously entered guilty pleas to one count of complicity to bribe a public servant. Nobel Hampton, Carol Hampton's father, died while the charges against him were pending.

The Attorney General's Office of Special Prosecutions handled the prosecution because Montgomery was a witness.