FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A central Kentucky coroner resigned from office hours before he pleaded guilty to a charge of conspiring to defraud the federal government.

John Goble, 68, entered the plea Wednesday morning in federal court before Judge Gregory Van Tatenhove, the Lexington Herald-Leader reported.

Goble, a former state trooper who served as coroner for 20 years, said he conspired with others to secure weapons and ammunition that belonged to state police.

“I conspired to possess ammunition owned by the Kentucky State Police over a four year period with two subjects,” Goble said. “In doing so, I stored those weapons in my office, and I knew that it was wrong."

The plea agreement consolidates charges against Goble and allows him to remain free on bond as he awaits sentencing on Aug. 12. He faces up to five years in prison.

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