Former Scott County coroner pleads guilty to perjury

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GEORGETOWN, Ky. (LEX 18) — Scott County Coroner John Goble pleaded guilty to perjury during a court appearance Thursday morning.

The prosecutor recommended a year sentence. His sentence hearing is October 3.

Goble submitted a letter of retirement in May after pleading guilty to a federal charge of conspiracy to commit theft of weapons and ammunition belonging to Kentucky State Police.

According to Goble’s plea agreement, from 2014 to 2018, Goble agreed with Mike Crawford to store ammunition belonging to the Kentucky State Police, in the basement of his office. The Eastern District of Kentucky says the ammunition was misappropriated by the KSP armorer, Mitch Harris, and then given to Crawford and Goble. Officials say the total value of the misappropriated ammunition had a value of approximately $40,000.

Goble was indicted in April 2022.

“I conspired to possess ammo owned by Kentucky State Police over a period of four years with two other subjects,” said Goble to the judge. “I started it in the basement of my office, and I knew it was wrong… I knew them very well and I did not hesitate to get the access to the ammunition.”

Goble faces up to five years in prison and a maximum $250,000 fine. He would also be responsible for restitution.

His federal court sentence is September 23.

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