Regional
2:45 pm
Thu October 2, 2003

Conner Enters Guilty Plea to Mail Fraud Charge

Lexington, KY – The former mistress of Kentucky Governor Paul Patton
will be sentenced January eighth, after entering a
guilty plea to a federal mail fraud charge. In exchange
for the plea, federal prosecutors will recommend
probation instead of prison time.

Conner's attorney, Thomas Clay, says Conner is not
likely to be ordered to home incarceration. Conner wanted
to make a statement in court, but U-S District Judge
Joseph Hood would not permit her to do so. The Judge says
the time for statements will come at sentencing.

Conner was charged with fraudulently applying to get
a special certification for a construction company that
actually was operated by her former husband. The
certification was for a female-headed disadvantaged
business enterprise. Conner's attorney had earlier
indicated that Governor Patton would be called as a
witness ...... had the case gone to trial.