Former sheriff pleads guilty to 2 counts

RICHMOND, Ky. (AP) -- A former Kentucky sheriff has pleaded guilty to a reduced number of charges involving firearms training fraud.

The Richmond Register reported Billy Joe Honeycutt entered guilty pleas Thursday to two charges of providing incomplete training and misrepresenting the completion of the training.

A Madison County grand jury had indicted Honeycutt on 17 counts.

Honeycutt resigned as sheriff of Edmonson County in July.

The charges were brought in Richmond because the complaint came from the Department of Criminal Justice Training, located at Eastern Kentucky University.

The department certifies the training required to receive a license to carry a concealed deadly weapon. Kentucky State Police issue the licenses.

Honeycutt will be sentenced Oct. 17.


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