Sentence handed down for former Williamsburg attorney

By: Kendall Downing Email
By: Kendall Downing Email

He says former Whitley County Sheriff Lawrence Hodge came to his home and asked him to do something he knew was not right.

That led to a large scale extortion scheme!

Months ago Reynolds plead guilty in federal court saying he and Hodge worked together to take money from those charged with drug offenses.

Wednesday in court Reynolds' attorney said his client was just as much a victim in the scheme as he was a player.

Ron Reynolds remained relatively silent walking into court. When asked for any comment, he declined.

The former Williamsburg attorney was sentenced to 27 months in prison for his role in an extortion plot with Former Whitley County Sheriff Lawrence Hodge.

In the hearing, the judge called it a sad day to sentence a former officer of the court.

Reynolds was recently disbarred.

His Williamsburg law office caught fire after his guilty plea, but the fire was quickly contained, yet suspicion lingered about its cause.

In May, former sheriff Hodge was sentenced to 15 and a half years in federal prison after his guilty plea to extortion, drug dealing, and money laundering.

Also, Hodge's former bookkeeper, Vicky Paul, admitted to falsifying tax records and taking money.

The judge suggested Reynolds go through a drug treatment program while in prison.

He will report to prison on August 30th.

That facility has not been named although Reynolds requested to go to McCreary County.

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