LEXINGTON, Ky. - A former eastern Kentucky sheriff has pleaded guilty in federal court to a charge of conspiracy to buy votes.
U.S. Attorney Kerry B. Harvey said in a statement that John L. Turner of Booneville entered the plea Wednesday in federal court in Lexington.
The statement says Turner, the former sheriff in Breathitt County, admitted to providing money to people to purchase votes in the May 2010 primary election.
Turner is the ninth person charged in the case to either plead guilty or be convicted.
He faces up to five years in prison when he is sentenced on Sept. 26.
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