Former Breathitt County superintendent Arch Turner pleaded guilty Tuesday in federal court to vote-buying conspiracy.
Turner admitted taking money from one person and distributing it to others in the interest of buying votes in local races. Prosecutors said Turner was the ringleader in a vote-buying ring in the May 2010 primary election in Breathitt County.
Turner, who appeared in U.S. District Court in Lexington, was released on bond under strict conditions. He must not return to Breathitt County and he will be under electronic monitoring in Fayette County until his sentencing in October.
Turner was charged in March. He had been free on bond but resigned in May after a federal judge ordered him jailed until trial for having improper contact with John L. Turner, a former Breathitt County sheriff who has pleaded guilty in a vote-buying scheme. John L. Turner admitted to distributing money to be used in buying votes in the May 2010 primary, according to his plea agreement.
Arch Turner's trial had been scheduled to begin July 30. Several people have pleaded guilty or have been convicted in related vote-fraud cases.
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