Trial Is Underway For Four Eastern Kentucky Officials

By: Angela Sparkman Email
By: Angela Sparkman Email

A trial is underway for four eastern Kentucky officials, including a judge-executive, accused of misusing county funds in exchange for votes.

Testimony began on Monday in federal court against Knott County Judge-Executive Randy Thompson, Deputy Judges Phillip Champion and Mac Combs, and Magistrate Ronnie Adams.

The four are accused of using one and a half million dollars of county funds to blacktop driveways to gain votes in the 2006 general election.

An auditor testified the three companies who did the work did not document which roads they blacktopped.

The former road foreman, Dean Bentley, testified he thought the work was illegal, and claims he was fired after he cooperated with investigators.

Defense attorneys say the four men did not do anything wrong.

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  • by Anonymous on Jun 18, 2008 at 09:30 AM
    Everyone is talking like it is O.K. for these men to use our money to do with as they please. I'm sorry but if they are going to use the county money then they need to do everyones driveways and build bridges for everyone. No one should be left out. After all it is the people's money not theirs to do with as they see fit and make their families/friends land better. Everyone could use some help with their land not just who they decide. Besides the government is not set up this way. The taxpayers money is not for their political gain. It is suppose to be used for the better of the county as a whole not for private property. I'm sorry but I'm not going to go put my hard earned money in someone elses land when I could use the money to upgrade something on my land. People wake up and see what every politician in this county has done. It's not just these four but everyone one of them.
  • by proud knott countian Location: knott county on Jun 17, 2008 at 02:14 PM
    My road was not blacktopped and I fully support judge thompson..I'd rather see the county upgrade a few roads than stick the money in their pockets. We all know tlarhat has happened in the past. We just have sore-losers in this county in the last election in particu
  • by CRYSTAL Location: KNOTT CO. on Jun 17, 2008 at 08:41 AM
    OK A public road is a road that has been bought,(Right of Way) payed for at sometime in the past by tax money. Now a private road is a road that was builted by the landowner on private property(their on land). Can you understand that. And to the past county judges if they worked on private land, then this was illegal, plain and simple. And yes if you blacktop private roads it is a crime. If you do not see anything wrong, then you need to go see the fresh blacktop to a barn on, yes private land. Just get out and drive around in the county, and you will see why these guys are in the mess their in.
  • by CRYSTAL Location: KNOTT CO. on Jun 17, 2008 at 05:38 AM
    Well hear we go, it was off to Pike Co. we go. Sounds like the Prosecution got off to a good start yesturday, these other three, Champion, Combs and Adams should get a lesser sentence,if convicted. But Mr. Thompson on the other hand should receive the Maxinum, that is if convicted. I understand that no one can make anyone do anything, but this Thompson is a snake in the grass. He (Thompson) realized he could Manipulate these three, and to the matter of the fact, he Manipulated alot of the county. Thompson is a smooth talker, highly educated, his education was simply learning how to talk. And Combs,champion and Adams fell for the Trap. Thompson knew what he was doing, and now he is trying to lie his way out of it. And you know it wouldn't suprise me if he come off with a lenity sentence. But we will see.
  • by God Speed! on Jun 16, 2008 at 10:14 PM
    The only thing I've see wrong was doing what other didn't, which is bringing jobs, upgrading recreational facilities, an ATV center, sportsplex, and the list goes on. These men have brought change. These men are being hung at the stake for doing whats morally right unlike there past predecessors that did what was politically right. The past county judges put county gravel on everyones roads coming and going, no one around here knows whats county or whats private. Is blacktopping a road that would previously graveled under numerous other county judges a crime?


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