Former Whitley Sheriff admits to state charges, ordered to pay more than $300,000

WILLIAMSBURG, Ky. (WKYT) - Lawerence Hodge was already serving a 15 and a half year sentence on federal charges, and despite being indicted several years ago, his state case hadn't been resolved, until today.

"The public will not tolerate people who don't live up to standards they are elected to conduct," said Commonwealth's Attorney Allen Trimble.

Hodged admitted to more than 20 counts of a abuse of public trust and evidence tampering, having to say the word, "guilty" 21 times.

Right before asking Hodge if he was in fact guilty of the offenses, the judge asked him to explain his actions. But Hodge hesitated.

Hodge's attorney spoke up.

"You know I think it involves a co-defendant," Foster Crabtree, Hodge's attorney told Judge David Tapp.

And then the prosecutor stood up and explained what Hodge was accused of doing.

"Well, not that I stopped in for him. I think the judge wanted to make sure he understood what the Commonwealth was alleging in each of the counts," said Trimble.

Trimble said money intended for undercover drug buys was spent, although no drug buys took place. There were shortages in tax accounts and money and drugs were not properly logged into evidence. All in all, Hodge was ordered to pay more than $300,000 in restitution.

"In Kentucky, they are on probation until they are able to pay it," said Trimble.

Hodge was sentenced to 17 years, which will run concurrently to his federal sentence of 15 and a half years.

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