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Vote-buying judgments to be appealed

PIKEVILLE – The three convicted earlier this year on vote-buying charges have all filed a notice of appeal to the judgment entered on December 1. 

In August, Magoffin County Magistrate District #1 Gary “Rooster” Risner, Tami Jo Risner and Larry Shepherd were found guilty by a federal jury of conspiring to commit vote-buying in the 2014 primary and general 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. 

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 He has also withdrawn as Risner’s counsel and the court will appoint new counsel to represent her during the appellant proceedings.

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. 

In the judgments, the court recommended that both Gary “Rooster” Risner and Shepherd be designated to the Federal Correctional Institution Ashland or the facility closest to their residences for which they qualify, and are to surrender themselves for service of sentence at the institution before 2 p.m. on January 30, 2017. Due to a bond violation prior to sentencing, Tami Jo Risner was remanded to custody of the United States Marshal and is currently being held at the Carter County Detention Center. 

The Independent will release information regarding the appeals in this case as soon as possible on, as well as on Facebook (@SInewspaper) and Twitter (@SalyersvilleInd). 




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