County Officials Facing Prison Time Return To Work

By: Angela Sparkman Email
By: Angela Sparkman Email

Four Knott County officials return to work one day after a federal judge sentenced them to prison time for vote fraud and misusing county funds.

Randy Thompson is supposed to report to prison next month, but he says it's business as usual today. The judge ruled Thompson cannot hold public office again.

Thompson did not comment on that, but his attorney says Thompson will stay on the job during the appeals process.

He spent the day making sure roads are salted, and applying for grants and stimulus money.

"I want make sure that Knott Countians get their fair share," said Thompson.

Thompson's prison sentence was the talk of the lunch hour at Napier Family Drug.

"The improvement of lives in the last few years is remarkable and to have something like this happen, I really think it is a crime in itself," said Harold Mullins.

People who talked to us say projects like the Sportsplex, ATV trails, and Elk Tours boosted the economy.

"I don't see how it's going to serve any good having these men locked up," said Rhett Gibson.

No one who agrees with the punishment would talk on camera. Thompson is ordered to report to prison next month, but until then,
he says he will work as long as he can.

Thompson's attorneys are already working on his appeals. Deputy Judge Phillip Champion, who was also sentenced, told WYMT he was working as normal Tuesday.

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