Defendants from vote-buying trial in federal custody

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PIKEVILLE – The three defendants found guilty in last year’s federal vote-buying trial are now behind bars, with the last two surrendering themselves to federal custody on Monday. 

Gary “Rooster” Risner, Larry Shepherd and Tami Jo Risner were found guilty last August by a federal jury on charges relating to conspiracy to commit vote-buying in the 2014 elections. 

On December 1, Gary “Rooster” Risner was sentenced to 33 months in prison, three years supervised release, a special assessment fee of $800, and must perform 550 hours of community service. On December 6, his attorney, Michael Curtis, filed a notice of appeal regarding the judgment. 

Turning himself in on Monday, January 30, according to the Federal Bureau of Prisons, Risner is currently being housed at the Federal Corrections Institution in Morgantown, West Virginia.

Tami Jo Risner was sentenced to 12 months and one day in prison, three years supervised release, and an assessment fee of $300. Her attorney, Willis Coffey, filed a notice of appeal regarding the judgment on December 5. He has also withdrawn as Risner’s counsel and the court has appointed Jarrod James Beck to represent her during the appellant proceedings.

Due to a bond violation prior to sentencing, Tami Jo Risner was remanded to custody of the United States Marshal and has since been transferred to the FPC Alderson in West Virginia, with a scheduled release date of August 9, 2017.

Larry Shepherd was sentenced to 30 months in prison, three years of supervised release, an assessment fee of $100 and a $20,000 fine. On December 13, his attorney, Jason Nemes, filed a notice of appeal regarding the judgment, as well. 

Surrendering to federal custody on Monday, according to the Federal Bureau of Prisons, Shepherd is currently being housed at the Federal Corrections Institution in Ashland, Kentucky.

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