LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Former state Rep. Wendell Keith Hall was sentenced to seven years for bribing a federal mine official.
In addition to the sentence, U.S. District Judge Karen Caldwell ordreed Hall, 56, to pay a $25,000 fine and gave him two years on supervised release after he serves his sentence, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.
Hall faced a maximum of 10 years in prison.
Hall, 56, was convicted in June after the jury deliberated for more than an hour before finding Hall guilty on Friday.
Investigators say Hall, who represented House District 93, paid mine reclamation officer Kelly Shortridge for favorable treatment in connection with his official duties. District 93 covers parts of Pike and Martin Counties.
They say between 2006 and 2011, Shortridge inspected mines owned by Hall, and ignored violations in exchange for more than $46,000 in payments. Shortridge was sentenced to two years in prison in January.
In 2010, a shell company, DKJ Consulting, was established in the name of Shortridge’s wife. Hall then used a company he owned, S&K Properties, to funnel money to Shortridge, through DKJ, in order to make the payments appear as
legitimate business expenses.
"Mr. Hall's brazen scheme to corrupt an important governmental function for his personal benefit is made all the more egregious by his former status as a member of the Kentucky General Assembly," Kerry B. Harvey, US Attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky, said after the conviction.
Hall is a Democrat who represented Pike County for 14 years.