Pineville mayor's son may testify against him

Federal prosecutors will gain a potentially important witness in the vote-buying case against Pineville Mayor Bob Madon — his son.

Brent Madon's attorney has filed a motion seeking a hearing date for Madon to plead guilty in the case.

Madon, 44, will plead guilty to a single charge that he and his father conspired to buy votes in the November 2006 election, according to the motion from Lexington attorney Joyce Merritt.

No date has been set for the hearing.

In a separate motion, Assistant U.S. Attorney Patrick H. Molloy said the government expects that Brent Madon will testify for the prosecution. Madon's father, Bob Madon, is the only other person charged in the case.

The trial is scheduled to begin Oct. 14, but could be postponed. Bob Madon has pleaded not guilty and is free pending trial.

His attorney did not return a phone call seeking comment on Monday.

The maximum sentence on the charge to which Brent Madon plans to plead guilty is five years.

A federal grand jury indicted the father and son on one charge of conspiracy and five charges that they aided each other in paying people cash and drugs to vote for Bob Madon by absentee ballot.

Brent Madon put out the word that he would pay cash and drugs for votes for his father, and later paid several voters, according to the indictment.

Bob Madon went to the home of one woman who got paid to vote for him and told her to make sure she was out of the county on Election Day, the indictment said.

Madon got 250 of the 305 votes cast by absentee ballot in the mayor's race, defeating the incumbent almost 2-to-1.

Madon, 73, was first elected mayor of Pineville in 1977 and worked to get money for a floodwall to protect the town, which was devastated by high water from the Cumberland River that year. A bypass around town atop the floodwall is named for him.

Madon was convicted in 1987 on several felony charges of misusing city money to entertain himself, his girlfriend and city employees.

Madon maintained his innocence but resigned. His son Scott won an election to replace him.

A judge suspended Bob Madon's sentence. Gov. Wallace Wilkinson later restored his right to hold office, and he was elected mayor again.

All told, Madon has served about 18 years as mayor since the late 1970s.

Bruce Nunn, a member of the council, said Madon has done a lot of positive things for the town.

"He lives and breathesPineville," Nunn said. "It's sad that this has happened."