Lashley found guilty

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County officials quiet about former superintendent theft

By Taylor Riley

Two men, including a former county road superintendent and his father, went in front of a judge to plead guilty to several charges and were sentenced this week.

Lance Eric Lashley, the former superintendent, was indicted in December on one count of abuse of public trust (less than $10,000) and theft by unlawful taking, more that $500 but less than $10,000. Both were felony charges.

Jack Lashley, Lance Lashley’s father, was indicted on charges of one count of theft by unlawful taking over $500 but less than $10,000, one count retaliating against a participant in the legal process and one count of menacing. The first two charges are felonies, while the last is a misdemeanor.

First, both men pleaded not guilty to the charges against them in January.

Then, in a court hearing this week, both of the men pleaded guilty and reached a diversion agreement with the Jefferson County Commonwealth Attorney Thomas Wine.

Lance Lashley accepted the Commonwealth’s offer of an extended diversion sentence of five years for the charge of abuse of public trust and three years concurrently for the one theft charge.

Jack Lashley also received a diversion sentence of three years for his theft charge.

The diversion program serves as a form of sentencing that enables the Lashley men to avoid criminal charges and thus a criminal record, as long as they comply with the rules placed by the Commonwealth.

Both men also agreed to jointly pay $5,376.43 in restitution over three years to the Oldham County Fiscal Court.

If Jack Lashley pays his portion of the restitution in two years, he would not have to serve the remaining diversion sentence.

Details about both cases were scarce since Oldham County Judge-Executive David Voegele first suspended Lance Lashley because of alleged misdeeds in April 2014. At the time, Voegele only said the investigation dealt with the misappropriation of county fuel and rock. Lashley later resigned his position during the investigation, according to a previous report.

The exact reasoning behind the indictments is still unclear.