Former state lawmaker has 2 years added to sentence


PIKEVILLE, Ky. (KT) - A former Kentucky state lawmaker who is already in prison on other charges received more time behind bars on Thursday.


W. Keith Hall, 58, of Pikeville, a one-time State representative, was sentenced to two years in prison at U.S. District Court in Pikeville after pleading guilty to six counts of federal Aggravated Identity Theft charges, according to Robert Duncan, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky.

The charge, which was committed while Hall was pending trial in a bribery case, arose from his alleged submission of fake documents to certify to another company, with which he had business contracts, that he had the required worker’s compensation and liability insurance coverage.  Hall admitted that he caused the fake documents to be created and that they bore the forged name of an insurance executive, which was the basis of the identity theft charge.    

Chief United States District Judge Karen K. Caldwell ordered that the identity theft sentence run consecutively, as required by law, to the 84-month prison sentence Hall is already serving for his 2015 conviction on bribery-related charges, making it nine years in all. 

In the bribery case, Hall, who owned coal mines and various coal industry-related businesses, was convicted by a federal jury of paying a state mine reclamation inspector for favorable inspections and other favors related to the inspector’s job.    

Under federal law, Hall must serve 85 percent of his prison sentence and, upon his release, he will be under the supervision of the United States Probation Office for three years to run concurrently with his other supervised release.

Hall entered the Kentucky House in January 2001 and served until losing the Democratic primary in 2014.


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