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Appeals court upholds sentence of ex-school chief

CINCINNATI (AP) - A federal appeals court has upheld the two-year prison sentence and $250,000 fine of a former eastern Kentucky school superintendent who pleaded guilty to leading a vote-buying conspiracy during the 2010 primary elections.

The U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals found Monday that one-time Breathitt County Superintendent Arch Turner's socio-economic status had not been taken into consideration when he was sentenced.

Turner ran Breathitt County schools from 2005 until his retirement in 2012 after he was charged. Turner pleaded guilty in July 2012 to distributing money to others to buy votes for candidates he supported in local races.

Eleven others, including a former sheriff, were convicted or pleaded guilty in related cases.

The 67-year-old Turner is being held in a federal prison in Terre Haute, Ind.

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