Salyersville Man Sentenced 21 Months for Buying Votes
|U.S. Attorney’s Office November 09, 2011|
PIKEVILLE—The United States Attorney’s Office, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Kentucky Attorney General’s Office jointly announced today that a Salyersville man was sentenced to 21 months in prison for buying votes in the 2010 general election in Magoffin County.
In July of this year, Randall E. Salyer, 55, was convicted by a jury on two counts of vote buying. Evidence at trial proved that Salyer paid two individuals for their votes in November 2010. According to trial testimony, Salyer paid these individuals $100 each for bringing him their absentee ballots.
The general election was held in part to select a candidate for the office of United States Senator which made the case subject to federal prosecution.
Salyer was indicted in February of this year.
Under federal law, Salyer will have to serve at least 85 percent of his prison sentence.
The investigation was conducted by the Kentucky Attorney General’s Office and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Kenneth R. Taylor.