Lawmaker Avoids Prison Term In Election Fraud Case

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - A state lawmaker who pleaded guilty to a
misdemeanor "non-willful" vote-buying charge will not face a
prison term.
State Senator Johnny Ray Turner, a Democrat from Drift, has
instead been sentenced to three months of home incarceration and
one year of probation, the Lexington Herald-Leader reported on its
Web site.
Turner serves as chairman of the Senate's Democratic caucus. He
says he will not appeal the sentence imposed by U-S District Judge
Karen Caldwell today.
The government had previously dropped a felony vote-fraud
indictment against Turner.
Turner was also fined $1,000.
A political novice in 2000, Turner upset state Senaator Benny
Ray Bailey, a Democrat of Hindman. He then won re-election by 25
votes against Bailey's nephew in 2004. Turner says today that he
plans to seek re-election next year.
Information from: Lexington Herald-Leader,

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