Alford plea made in McCracken County zoning trial

The trial for former McCracken County Judge Executive Van Newberry and Deputy Judge Executive Doug Harnice is over.

Both men were charged with tampering with public records.

Monday morning, Newberry entered an Alford plea for a 2nd degree Official Misconduct charge. That charge is a misdemeanor.

An Alford plea is when a defendant enters a plea of guilty without making an admission of guilt.

The judge sentenced Newberry to pay $13,830.91 in restitution to McCracken County.

Newberry cannot also get into any legal trouble over the next two years.

If he fails to pay the restitution or gets into legal trouble, he could face up to 90 days in the county jail.

Charges against former Deputy Judge Executive Doug Harnice were dismissed by the judge.

Both men were accused of making improper changes to zoning maps in 2013 by illegally changing more than 500 properties from commercial to residential.

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