Trio Sentenced For Role In Vote-Buying Scheme

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Three people who pleaded guilty to conspiracy to buy votes during the May 2006 Democratic primary in eastern Kentucky were sentenced yesterday.

Steven and Belinda Crouch, who are married, and Anthony "Buck" White were sentenced by U.S. District Judge Joseph Hood for their role in widespread voter fraud in Bath County.

Steven Crouch was sentenced to five months in prison and five months of home incarceration. Belinda Crouch received three years of probation, but must spend five weekends in the Montgomery County jail. White was sentenced to three years of probation.

The three said former Bath County judge-executive Walter Shrout and local businessmen Roosevelt "Sonny" Swartz gave them money to pay some of the county's poorest residents to vote for Shrout. Shrout ended up winning the election.

The trio are among more than a dozen people charged in connection to voter fraud in the county.

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