Former Fletcher Official To Plead Guilty To Misdemeanor

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - A former aide in Governor Ernie Fletcher's administration is expected to plead guilty tomorrow to a misdemeanor stemming from his involvement in the state hiring scandal.

Lexington attorney Burl McCoy says former state highway engineer Sam Beverage is expected to plead guilty to a misdemeanor official misconduct charge. Beverage is charged with perjury and could get a $500 fine and up to 12 months in jail under the deal with prosecutors, McCoy said.

Franklin County Commonwealth's Attorney Larry Cleveland says the parties will take the agreement before Franklin County Circuit Court Judge Thomas D. Wingate tomorrow.

Beverage was the lone current or former Fletcher administration official still facing criminal charges stemming from the state hiring scandal that erupted in May 2005. He was charged with perjury - a felony - for something he allegedly told the Franklin County special grand jury that investigating the case.

After the pardons, Beverage allegedly made false statements to the grand jury about the merit-position appointments of two employees.

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