Eastern Kentucky Sheriff Pleads Guilty To Perjury Charges

OWINGSVILLE, Ky. (AP) - An eastern Kentucky sheriff facing trial on Tuesday pleaded guilty to perjury charges.

Bath County Sheriff Calvin Randall "Randy" Armitage, a candidate for re-election, was indicted by a federal grand jury in June in connection with a federal investigation into vote-buying in Bath County during the May 2006 primary.

He initially pleaded not guilty to lying to the grand jury.

Armitage was released on bond Tuesday with the condition that he resign from office by 5 p.m.

His sentencing hearing is scheduled for Jan. 14.

Calls to Armitage's office and home were not immediately returned.

More than a dozen people in Bath County have been charged in what federal prosecutors describe as rampant vote-buying during the election.

Former County Attorney Donald "Champ" Maze was sentenced earlier this month to 21 months in federal prison for buying votes during the May 2006 primary and lying to a federal grand jury. Judge-Executive Walter Shrout was convicted of similar charges in March.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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