3 from Clay Co. pleaded guilty in vote-buying case

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - A former Clay County magistrate and two business owners whose convictions in a vote-buying case were overturned last summer have pleaded guilty in a deal that calls for reduced sentences.

The Lexington Herald-Leader said former magistrate Stanley Bowling; and garbage hauling business owners Bart Morris and his wife, Debra, entered the pleas Thursday in federal court in Lexington.

They were convicted in 2010 with five others but released from federal prison after the convictions were overturned.

Under the plea deals, Bart Morris, who was sentenced to 20 years, will be given 5 ½ years, while Bowling's sentence will drop from 15 years and 10 months to 5 ½ years. Debra Morris was originally sentenced to 10 years. She would not have to return to prison under the new deal.

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