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Court set to consider appeal in vote-buying case

CINCINNATI (AP) - A federal appeals court will consider a request by a former eastern Kentucky school superintendent to overturn his guilty plea and two-year prison sentence for leading a vote-buying conspiracy during the 2010 primary elections.

The U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals will take one-time Breathitt County Superintendent Arch Turner's appeal under advisement on arguments in briefs on Oct. 3.

Turner ran Breathitt County schools from 2005 until his retirement in 2012 after he was charged.

Turner pleaded guilty in July 2012 to distributing money to others to buy votes for candidates he supported in local races.

Eleven others, including a former sheriff, were convicted or pleaded guilty in related cases.

The 67-year-old Turner is being held in a federal prison in Terre Haute, Ind.

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