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Knott Official At Work; Pledges To Fight Vote-Buying Conviction

HINDMAN, KY -- Knott County Judge-Executive Randy Thompson will stay in office while he fights his conviction in a federal vote-buying case, one of his attorneys said Friday.

”He went to work this morning and will continue to do so,“ said Terry D. Jacobs, a Hindman attorney who represents Thompson.

A federal jury on Thursday convicted Thompson of scheming to buy votes by misusing taxpayers' money to improve privately owned driveways and to build private bridges.

The jury also convicted John Mac Combs and Phillip G. Champion, who are deputy judge-executives under Thompson, and Ronnie Adams, a former magistrate who now works for the county.

It is the second time in as many administrations that the top elected administrator in Knott County has faced a federal prison sentence.

Republican Gov. Ernie Fletcher appointed Thompson in 2006 to replace former Judge-Executive Donnie New­some, who served more than a year in prison for vote buying.

Thompson won a full term in the November 2006 election — the first Republican ever elected judge-executive in the heavily Democratic county.

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