Man convicted in vote buying scheme claims innocence for alleged burglary

By: Katie Roach Email
By: Katie Roach Email

JACKSON, Ky (WYMT) - A little more than a week after he finished serving his prison sentence for vote buying, a former candidate for magistrate in Breathitt County has been indicted again for an alleged theft and burglary at the City of Jackson's Water Treatment Plant.

Michael Salyers told Mountain News that he did not do the crime.

Salyers says he started working for the city at their water plant back in October, but was let go after he was sentenced in a federal vote buying case in May.

He says these allegations stem from a missing lawn mower and weed eater that apparently were found in his mother's basement.

"When the police came and asked me, I kept saying it was at the water plant because I had forgot that I put it in the basement," said Salyers.

He says he has no idea how the weed eater got into the basement, and the lawnmower was left there by mistake.

"I got a big bulls eye on my back. I have always tried to be a good citizen for almost 50 years, and I have never been in trouble in my life until this vote buying," said Salyers.

He says he wants to apologize for the vote buying.

"I have brought shame not only to myself, not only to my family, but to the people of Breathitt County," said Salyers.

He says he was honest about buying votes, and says he is being honest now by claiming his innocence on these new charges.

Officials at the Jackson Police Department did not want to comment on the investigation.

The mayor was also unavailable.

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