A former Estill County judge-executive pleaded guilty Friday to taking more than $38,000 in county funds.
Wallace Taylor, 57, of Irvine, entered the plea in Franklin County Circuit Court to an amended charge of abuse of public trust less than $10,000, a Class D felony. He was originally charged with abuse of public trust (more than $10,000), a Class C felony.
Franklin Circuit Court Judge Thomas Wingate sentenced Taylor to three years probated for five years. As part of his plea agreement, he will also have to repay $38,850 to Estill County — money that will come from the bail he posted in September 2018 after a Franklin County grand jury indicted him.
According to court records, a Kentucky State Police investigation discovered that he stole state and federal grant funds that belonged to Estill County between Dec. 1, 2016, and March 31, 2017.
Taylor retired in 2017 after serving as Estill County judge-executive for 15 years.