Friday, 02 August 2013 07:33

The sentencing of recently resigned Barren County Sheriff Chris Eaton was yesterday in the District Court in Bowling Green. Several members of the Barren County Community came out to show support.

Eaton was handed a sentence of 18 months incarceration, 2 years supervised release and $200 in court costs.

District Judge Joseph H McKinley Jr. reduced Eaton’s sentence from a possible 56 months in jail- the sentence suggested by the government prosecution.

Eaton’s lawyer J Guthrie True asked for a lighter punishment, citing Eaton’s record of service to Barren County. True said that Eaton’s actions were mistakes made in the adrenaline of the moment.

Judge Mckinley allowed Eaton to comment on his own behalf. Eaton fought back tears as he spoke.

Eaton asked for a lesser sentence. Eaton said he wanted to be around to care for his family. Eaton and his wife care for two adopted children and a third from Eaton’s previous marriage.

Barren County community members sent Judge Mckinley letters that told about Eaton’s many contributions to the community. Judge Mckinley said those letters were a factor in his decision to lessen Eaton’s sentence.

True spoke with the press after the sentencing. True said he thinks Eaton should have received a lighter sentence:

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True said he will wait to make a decision on an appeal:

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Eaton has 45 days to appeal.

Eaton’s former deputy Adam Minor was also sentenced yesterday. Minor received a $500 fine and 2 years probation with the possibility of a shortened sentence. Minor waived his right to appeal the sentence as part of his agreement with the Government for testifying.


This is National Public Safety Telecommunications Week- Today we are patting on the back the “Unseen First Responders”. Beverly Harbison and employees- Julie Greer, April Dunbar, Dennis Hatcher, Laura Lee Williams, Amy Houchin, Colleen Hamilton, Schelly Vance, Pan Lyons, Jim Spears, Lisa Shirley, Teresa Bull, Alison Burton, Matthew Vaughn, Bill Ekhardt, Bill Shoopman, Kathy Tyree, Joe Perry, Joann Eaton.

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