In just a few weeks, one Eastern Kentucky government official is expected to be behind bars.
On Wednesday, a federal judge ordered that Knott County Judge Executive Randy Thompson and three others report to prison next month.
Thompson was convicted in 2008 on charges of buying votes prior to the November 2006 election by using public funds to improve driveways and build bridges on private property.
But Thompson claims he is innocent.
“It’s difficult, I have tried to have a good reputation of integrity and honesty and it hurts when people question that but I have always said that I care about what the people who mean most to me think of me. They know the truth and that’s what matters to me. Them and my family,” said Thompson.
Last month, Thompson and three other men who were convicted asked the entire sixth circuit court of appeals panel for a re-hearing.
But the re-hearing was recently denied by the appeals court.
Now, a federal judge has ordered Thompson to report to prison December 6th.
“I feel like I owe the people of Knott County a full day’s work so we're going to try to tie up all the loose ends and try to have everything as prepared and make a decision on what our next step will be.”
Thompson says he and his attorneys are now discussing the possibility of whether they should take his case to the United States Supreme Court.
The other men who were convicted in the case are John Mac Combs, Phillip Champion and former Knott County Magistrate Ronnie Adams.
The judge ordered Thompson to serve 40 months in prison.