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Sep 8, 2012 3:37 PM

Former Trooper Gets 74 Months On Gun, Drug Charges

LONDON, Ky. (AP) - A former Kentucky State Police Trooper who tried to trade a woman drugs in exchange for sex has been sentenced to 74 months in prison for drug trafficking and carrying a firearm while trafficking prescription narcotics.

A judge handed down the sentence for 35-year-old Michael Fred Pennington in federal court in London on Thursday. A jury convicted Pennington in May of the firearms charge. Before the trial, Pennington pleaded guilty to drug trafficking. He previously worked out of the state police post in London.

Prosecutors say in September 2011, Pennington offered not to arrest a woman on a drug charge after finding pills in her home if she had sex with him. The next day, prosecutors say, Pennington offered the woman a Lortab pill in exchange for sex.

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