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Mar 10, 2011 3:21 PM

Another Former Clay County Official Sentenced In Conspiracy Case

FRANKFORT (AP) - A one-time Clay County magistrate has been sentenced to 15 years and 10 months in prison for his role in a conspiracy to gain power and control politics in the eastern Kentucky county.

U.S. District Judge Danny Reeves handed down the sentence Thursday afternoon for Stanley Bowling. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jason Parman described Bowling as a "crucial cog" in the conspiracy to fix elections.

Bowling declined to speak during the one-hour hearing. Reeves recommended that Bowling, who suffers from multiple medical conditions, serve his time at a federal medical facility near his home.

Earlier Thursday, former Circuit Judge R. Cletus Miracle was sentenced to more than 26 years for his role. Eight people were convicted last March of multiple charges. Prosecutors say the charges included racketeering, money laundering and voter fraud stemming from the 2002, 2004 and 2006 elections.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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