Arch Turner pleads guilty to federal charges

By: Katie Roach Email
By: Katie Roach Email

He served as the Breathitt County Schools Superintendent for years, but now he will serve time in federal prison.

On Tuesday in federal court, Arch Turner pleaded guilty to federal vote buying charges.

He is facing a possible five year sentence and possible $250,000 fine.

As former Breathitt County Schools Superintendent Arch Turner faced a judge Tuesday morning in federal court, he admitted to his role in a vote buying scheme during the May 2010 Primary Election.

Turner agreed to the written plea agreement that says he withdrew cash from his bank account and gave it to other co-conspirators to buy votes.

"These individuals decided to deprive the citizens of Breathitt County of one of the basic liberties we have in our system," said U.S. Attorney for the eastern district of Kentucky Kerry Harvey.

The judge is also allowing Turner to be released from custody. He previously violated the terms of his bond by contacting other witnesses, so he has been in jail for more than two months.

"We was just waiting to get something going so he can get out of jail. He has been in there for about two and a half months," said Arch Turner's brother Jack Turner.

Once Turner is released, he will be required to wear an electronic monitoring device and must stay at a relatives house in Fayette County.

He will not be allowed to return to Breathitt County until after his sentencing on October 24th.

Ten others have either pleaded guilty or have been convicted in the case.


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