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Pineville Mayor To Plead Guilty To Vote-Buying

PINEVILLE, KY -- A longtime mayor of Pineville plans to plead guilty in a federal vote-buying case, reports The Lexington Herald-Leader in its Saturday edition.

The attorney for Robert L. "Bob" Madon filed a motion Friday seeking a hearing for Madon to enter the plea.

Madon, who is in his 70s, is accused of conspiring to buy votes in the November 2006 election, when he ran for mayor.

Madon's son Brent, 45, was charged with him. He pleaded guilty and was expected to testify against his father.

Bob Madon put up the money, and his son used it to buy votes at a price of $10 to $20 apiece, according to the son's plea agreement.

The indictment said voters also received drugs to vote for Madon.

Madon beat incumbent Bruce Hendrickson with a suspiciously large edge in absentee votes — 250 to 55, according to a court document.

The indictment against Madon says he faces up to 30 years in prison, but his sentence will probably be much less under federal advisory guidelines.

The guideline range for his son, for instance, is 24 to 30 months, according to a court document.

Madon resigned as mayor in November, after being indicted, reports The Lexington Herald-Leader.

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