Staff report Glasgow Daily Times
GLASGOW — Barren County Sheriff Chris Eaton will resign his position effective July 31, according to a memorandum filed by his attorney in U.S. District Court Monday.
Eaton, who was convicted of two felony counts of witness tampering in May, is legally allowed to remain in his position until he has exhausted all appeals options. He has continued to serve as sheriff since the May 9 conviction. However, after his motion for a judgment of acquittal was denied by Judge Joseph H. McKinley, Jr., last week, Eaton’s attorney J. Guthrie True wrote in a sentencing memorandum that Eaton “has resigned as sheriff effective July 31, 2013.” Eaton has not filed an official resignation with the office of the Barren County Judge-Executive, who will be responsible for appointing his replacement.
The U.S. government is pushing for an 87 to 108-month sentence for Eaton’s witness tampering charges. A presentence investigation report put together by the probation office suggests a 46 to 57-month sentence, while True argues that Eaton should actually face a range of 10 to 16 months.
Eaton will be sentenced at 10:30 a.m. Aug. 1. After he is sentenced, he has the opportunity to appeal, although he has not yet indicated whether he will pursue appeal.