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15 year prison sentence for former referee

By: Jerrika Insco Email
By: Jerrika Insco Email

A former eastern Kentucky high school referee is sentenced to 15 years in jail on drug charges in Letcher County.

An undercover video, a jury, and now a judge all find Tommy Hutton guilty of drug charges putting him in prison.

"A lot of people have expressed dismay about the length of that sentence, not the fact that he got a sentence but the length of it," said James Wiley Craft, a defense attorney.

Hutton was sentenced to 10 years on one count of drug trafficking and five years for possession.

"There were a lot of people that had a great deal of respect for him, and the fact that he was such a position of trust and authority made it all the worse," said Commonwealth's Attorney Edison Banks.

Video revealed Hutton selling prescription pills which is what his defense attorney says put him behind bars.

In the video, it is clear Hutton is not selling 'barbeque sauce.'

"If you want, if you want some more of that barbeque sauce, you can stop by, you know?" said Tommy Hutton, in the undercover video.

"That video was an absolute killer. There was just no defending against that," said Craft.

Ultimately, both sides say they respect the jury's recommendations.

Hutton will be eligible for parole in three years.

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