LEXINGTON, KY - The former Breathitt County Schools Superintendent admitted in federal court today that he distributed money to others to buy votes.
Arch Turner, 66, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to buy votes.
Turner admitted that during the spring of 2010 he provided money to individuals to buy votes for candidates in the May 2010 primary election in Breathitt County. Turner acknowledged he distributed the money at a meeting he arranged with a group of people.
According to his plea agreement, Turner also received money from an individual to be used for vote buying.
A total of 11 people have pleaded guilty or been convicted in federal court of vote buying related charges stemming from Breathitt County's May 2010 primary election. Former Breathitt County Sheriff, John Turner, pleaded guilty last month.
Kerry B. Harvey, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky, Perrye Turner, Special Agent in Charge, FBI and Jack Conway, Kentucky Attorney General jointly announced the plea.
The investigation was conducted by the Kentucky Attorney General's Office and the FBI.
Turner is scheduled to appear for sentencing on October 24. He faces a maximum of five years in prison. However, the Court must consider the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and the applicable Federal statutes before imposing a sentence.