GLASGOW, Ky. (AP) - A Kentucky sheriff who was convicted of witness tampering will resign from office effective July 31, the day before his scheduled sentencing in federal court.
The Glasgow Daily Times reports that Barren County Sheriff Chris Eaton's decision was disclosed in a sentencing memorandum filed by his attorney.
Eaton has been sheriff of the south-central Kentucky county since 2007.
He was convicted in May of two counts of witness tampering. His sentencing is set for Aug. 1. He was acquitted of six other counts.
The newspaper reports that under Kentucky law, Eaton doesn't have to resign until he exhausts his appeals.
He cannot file an appeal until after sentencing. Eaton's attorney, J. Guthrie True, said the sheriff decided to resign after a judge denied his motion to overturn the conviction.