- Associated Press - Friday, December 2, 2016

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Three Magoffin County residents have been given prison sentences for conspiring to buy votes for a slate of candidates in the 2014 election.

New outlets report that Magistrate Gary “Rooster” Risner, his ex-wife Tami Jo Risner and Deputy Clerk Larry Shepherd were all sentenced Thursday.

Gary Risner was sentenced to two years and nine months in federal prison, Shepherd was given two years and six months and Tami Jo Risner was ordered to spend one year and one day behind bars.

The three were charged with taking part in a scheme in 2014 to buy votes for Democrats Risner, Renee Arnett-Shepherd and county Judge-Executive Charles “Doc” Hardin.

The Lexington Herald-Leader (https://bit.ly/2g0xVbb ) says several people testified that members of the vote-buying ring paid them $50 apiece in the 2014 election.


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