Former Ky. officials sent to federal prison

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Two former officials have been sentenced
to decades in federal prison for conspiring with a former judge,
school superintendent and others to gain power and control politics
in an eastern Kentucky county.

U.S. District Judge Danny Reeves in Frankfort handed down a
293-month sentence to former Clay County School Superintendent
Douglas C. Adams and a 150-month sentence to 47-year-old Freddy
Thompson, the former county clerk, on Wednesday.

The men were part of a group of eight officials convicted in
March of multiple charges, including racketeering, money laundering
and voter fraud stemming from the 2002, 2004 and 2006 elections.

Reeves on Tuesday handed down 20-year sentences to two other men in the scheme.

Ex-judge R. Cletus Maricle is scheduled to be sentenced
Thursday. Three others face sentencing this week.

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

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