Appeals court confirms conviction of former Kentucky sheriff convicted of witness tampering

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GLASGOW, Kentucky — A federal appeals court has confirmed the conviction of former Barren County Sheriff Chris Eaton on two counts of witness tampering.

The U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals issued its ruling Monday in the case. Eaton maintains his innocence and told the Glasgow Daily Times ( hours later that the ruling was heartbreaking.

A federal jury in Bowling Green convicted Eaton in 2013 of directing two deputies to write false incident reports for the FBI. Federal investigators were probing accusations of civil rights violations during a 2010 arrest.

Eaton was sentenced to 18 months in prison. U.S. District Judge Joseph H. McKinley allowed him to remain free on bond while the verdict was appealed.

Officials say the next step likely will be to set a date for Eaton to report to prison.

Information from: Glasgow Daily Times,

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