MANCHESTER, Ky. (AP) - An eastern Kentucky county magistrate
pleaded guilty Tuesday to accepting money to buy votes.
Clay County Magistrate Fred Clinton Johnson admitted taking
$9,000 from former County Clerk Jennings White to buy votes and
will be sentenced March 3. He could be sentenced to as much as five
years in prison.
Johnson distributed part of the money, giving some to family
members, to buy votes, a federal indictment in May charged. The
indictment charged Johnson with conspiracy to commit election fraud
in the 2002 primary.
Johnson ran for magistrate in 2002 and won. White ran for
re-election but lost. He later pleaded guilty to laundering money
for a drug dealer and went to federal prison.
Another Clay County magistrate, Terry Davidson, resigned
recently after pleading guilty to altering vehicle identification
numbers on a sport-utility vehicle he owned and is awaiting
Information from: Lexington Herald-Leader,
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