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Four arrested in Somerset bribery investigation

By: Gabriel Roxas Email
By: Gabriel Roxas Email

Four people including a grandfather have been arrested and accused in a bribery scheme. The grandfather is accused of trying to give a Commonwealth's Attorney money to get his grandson out of jail.

The grandson at the center of this is 28-year-old Brandon Compton. He was in jail on drug charges. Investigators say a man handed the Commonwealth's Attorney a sack with thousands of dollars inside.

As one Somerset detective said, "It's been a wild four days." Police say it all began Monday when 64-year-old Everett Hyden slipped a note to Commonwealth's Attorney Eddy Montgomery. "Hyden made an offer to Mr. Montgomery to exchange the amount of $20,000 cash for the release of a twice convicted of drug trafficking charges, a former defendant by the name of Brandon Compton," Somerset Police Detective Shannon Smith said.

Detectives say Hyden was acting on behalf of Compton's mother, Virginia Carol Hampton and his grandfather Noble Hampton. Another relative, Walter Creekmore, acted as the liaison between Hyden and the rest of the family. "The parents of Brandon Compton had made the statement that they were very desperate to get Brandon out of jail and returned back to the family," Smith said.

Police say Montgomery contacted them immediately and agreed to help with the investigation. "As part of the investigation, Mr. Montgomery secured Brandon Compton's transfer from the North Point Training Center to the Pulaski County Detention Center to give the impression that things were moving along, Smith said.

Montgomery arranged another meeting where police say Hyden gave the prosecutor the cash wrapped in a Dairy Queen bag. The next day officers took Hyden into custody and began rounding up the suspects they say were all part of the plan.

Police say a fifth suspect, Darmus "Bubby" Dalton, has agreed to surrender. Detectives plan to interview at least three more witnesses and say that could lead to more arrests.

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