On March 10, 2011, Cletus Maricle, a former Clay County Circuit Court judge, was sentenced to 320 months â€” 26 1/2 years â€” for being the mastermind in a racketeering conspiracy that bought votes in an attempt to control the county, a federal judge ruled Thursday.
U.S. District Judge Danny C. Reeves said Maricle, 67, deserved a longer sentence than his counterparts because he was the head of the organization.
Maricle was convicted of conspiring with other county officials in schemes that involved racketeering, money laundering and voter fraud. He also was convicted of obstruction of justice.
Maricle and seven other county residents were convicted last March of using the county election board as a vehicle to corrupt elections in 2002, '04 and '06.
Others convicted in the case are Douglas C. Adams, the former Clay County school superintendent; former county Clerk Freddy W. Thompson; Stanley Bowling, who was a magistrate; Charles Wayne Jones, the county's Democratic election commissioner; William E. Stivers, a precinct worker; Bart Morris, who owned a garbage company that got local contracts; and his wife, Debra Morris.
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