- Associated Press - Thursday, July 9, 2015

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet says a Clark County couple has pleaded guilty in a rash of thefts that stripped copper wire from highway lighting systems.

The cabinet said in a statement that Aaron Ferguson and his wife, Cindy Ferguson, entered pleas this week in Franklin County. Aaron Ferguson admitted to 28 felony counts of theft, criminal mischief and being a persistent felony offender. Cindy Ferguson admitted to five misdemeanor counts of criminal facilitation.

Arron Ferguson had originally faced 88 counts and his wife 44 counts stemming from 22 incidents in 2014 in which copper wire was taken from lighting systems on interstates and parkways in Bath, Fayette, Franklin, Grant, Jefferson, Laurel, Nelson, Scott and Woodford counties.

The statement says Aaron Ferguson will be sentenced on Aug. 28, and Cindy Ferguson’s12-month sentence was probated.

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