Two Eastern Kentucky Men Sentenced in Vote-Buying Scheme

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) -- Two eastern Kentucky men will be spending weekends in jail starting next month after pleading guilty to conspiring to buy votes.

Fifty-year-old William Mike Butcher and 41-year-old Norman Crouch of Bath County had testified they paid Bath County residents 40 dollars to 100 dollars to vote for certain Bath County politicians.

Federal Judge Joseph Hood yesterday ordered probation and weekend jail for the two men.

They are among 13 people charged in connection with irregularities in the May 2006 Democratic primary.

Hood sentenced both men to three years' probation. Butcher is to serve weekends in a county jail in November and December, while Crouch is to serve one month of weekend incarceration beginning in November.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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