Former Kentucky sheriff convicted of witness tampering begins serving prison sentence

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GLASGOW, Kentucky — A former south-central Kentucky sheriff has reported to prison after a federal appeals court confirmed his conviction on two counts of witness tampering.

The Glasgow Daily Times ( reports former Barren County Sheriff Chris Eaton was in custody Thursday at the Federal Correctional Institution in Oakdale, Louisiana, where he will serve an 18-month sentence.

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, but U.S. District Judge Joseph H. McKinley allowed him to remain free on bond while appealing the verdict.

Eaton, who has maintained his innocence, resigned as sheriff on the eve of his sentencing.

Information from: Glasgow Daily Times,

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