Former airport executive pleads guilty to lesser charge

By: Elizabeth Dorsett Email
By: Elizabeth Dorsett Email


A former Blue Grass Airport executive charged with felony theft pleaded guilty to a lesser charge in court Wednesday.

John Coon had been charged with theft by deception since investigators say Coon and three other former airport managers misspent thousands of dollars of the airport's money.

Just last week, one of those men, John Slone, accepted a plea deal.

The Lexington Herald-Leader reports Slone pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit theft by deception.

Michael Gobb and John Rhodes still face charges in the case.

Coon pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit theft by deception. The Commonwealth's Attorney recommended the former Director of Operations spend 12 months behind bars.

As a part of the plea deal, Coon will have to testify against Gobb and Rhodes if their cases go to trial.

Coon will be back in court May 21st for his sentencing.

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