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E. Ky. couple sentenced in vote fraud case

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - An eastern Kentucky couple have been
sentenced to prison for their roles in a scheme to buy votes and
control politics in Clay County.

U.S. District Judge Danny C. Reeves sentenced 52-year-old
William B. Morris to 20 years and 51-year-old Debra L. Morris to 10
years on Friday for conspiracy to buy votes, racketeering and money
laundering.

They were among eight convicted last March in the case,
including a former judge and a former county magistrate who were
sentenced Thursday.

The U.S. attorney's office said Friday that the Morrises bought
votes for people running for city council because the candidates
controlled contracts for city work related to their sanitation
company. The vote fraud case stemmed from the 2002, 2004 and 2006 elections.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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