Former Fletcher Official to Cut Plea Deal

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

A lawyer for a former official in Kentucky Governor Fletcher's administration says his client will plead guilty to a misdemeanor on Monday.

The case stems from the state hiring investigation that started more than two years ago.

Former state highway engineer Sam Beverage was facing up to five years in prison after a Franklin County special grand jury charged him with perjury - a felony - in May 2006.

Beverage has agreed to a plea deal to a lesser charge of official misconduct. Beverage could be facing a 500-dollar fine and up to 12 months in jail.

Beverage's lawyer Burl McCoy says it's a good deal.

Franklin County Commonwealth's Attorney Larry Cleveland confirms the agreement. Cleveland says he thought the perjury charge would have been difficult to prove.

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

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