Pair sentenced in Ky. vote fraud case

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Two former eastern Kentucky officials
convicted of conspiring with a former judge, school superintendent
and others to gain power and control politics have been sentenced
to prison.

U.S. District Judge Danny Reeves in Frankfort handed down a
sentence of 20 years and four months to 58-year-old William
Stivers, a one-time election officer in Clay County, on Tuesday
morning. Reeves later in the day handed down a 20-year sentence to
71-year-old Charles Wayne Jones, a former elections commissioner.

Both were sentenced for their roles in conspiracies that
involved racketeering, money laundering and voter fraud in charges
stemming from the 2002, 2004 and 2006 elections.

Six other defendants, including former Judge R. Cletus Maricle,
are scheduled to be sentenced this week.

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

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