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Former Trigg Co. Sheriff pleads guilty to charges including witness tampering, providing alcohol to underage individual

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Former Trigg County Sheriff Jason Barnes.

A former western Kentucky sheriff has pleaded guilty to charges related to witness tampering and providing alcohol to an underage individual, stemming from a federal and state investigation last year.

A release from Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron’s Office states former Trigg County Sheriff Jason Barnes pleaded guilty in Trigg County Circuit Court on Monday to a felony of witness tampering, a Class D charge, and a misdemeanor charge of providing alcohol to a minor, Class A charge.

The charges stemmed from an investigation by Kentucky State Police, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Kentucky, and the F.B.I. The release states Barnes had provided alcohol to a minor in February of 2020 and later used deceit in tampering with testimony from a witness. Barnes had resigned from the sheriff’s office in August of 2020 before being indicted.

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