Former Paintsville Mayor Bob Porter’s appeal to have his conviction overturned was denied on Monday. The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld Porter’s conviction for misusing Paintsville City funds. A federal jury found Porter guilty in 2016 of using his power and influence to receive free utility service at two homes and using city funds to pay for personal expenses. Porter was sentenced to 48 months in prison. Porter’s attorney’s argued that prosecutors did not present sufficient evidence to convict him and calling into question witness statements he was not able to cross-examine.
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