ATTORNEY GENERAL CONWAY ANNOUNCES CONVICTIONS IN ATTEMPTED BRIBERY OF PULASKI COUNTY COMMONWEALTH’S ATTORNEY
Press Release Date: Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Attorney General Jack Conway and his Office of Special Prosecutions today announced the convictions of two Somerset, Ky. residents in connection with a scheme to bribe Pulaski County Commonwealth’s Attorney Eddy Montgomery.
Forty-six-year-old Dormus “Bubby” Dalton and 45-year-old Virginia “Carol” Hampton both entered guilty pleas today in Pulaski Circuit Court. Dalton pled guilty to one count of complicity to bribery of a public servant, a Class C felony, and a charge of being a persistent felony offender. Hampton entered an “Alford Plea” to one count of facilitation to bribery of a public servant, a misdemeanor. Under an Alford Plea, Hampton maintains her innocence, but admits there is enough evidence for a conviction in the event of a jury trial.
Dalton was sentenced to 10 years in prison, while Hampton received 12 months to serve, probated for a period of two years. Dalton and Hampton are among five Somerset residents charged in connection with the bribery scheme.
“This type of illegal and unscrupulous behavior is not tolerated in the Commonwealth of Kentucky,” General Conway said. “I appreciate the hard work of my Office of Special Prosecutions and the Somerset Police Department in bringing this case to a successful close.”
A Pulaski County grand jury indicted Dalton, Hampton, Nobel Hampton, Walter Creekmore and Everett Hyden in July 2010 for their involvement in the scheme. The five defendants were accused of acting together between May 18 and June 10, 2010 to collect and deliver $20,000 to the Commonwealth’s Attorney as a bribe to secure the release of Carol Hampton’s son, Brandon Compton, a twice-convicted narcotics trafficker.
When Eddy Montgomery, Commonwealth’s Attorney for the 28th Judicial Circuit, was initially approached he immediately notified police and assisted them in a covert investigation.
Sixty-three-year-old Creekmore and 65-year-old Hyden each previously entered guilty pleas to one count of complicity to bribery of a public servant. Nobel Hampton, Carol Hampton’s father, died while the charges against him were pending.
The Somerset Police Department investigated the case and the Attorney General’s Office of Special Prosecutions handled the prosecution as the Commonwealth’s Attorney is a witness in the case.