WKU Public Radio News Staff
Guilty Plea in Convention Center Case
Fri March 16, 2012
Former Executive Director of Paducah Convention Center Pleads Guilty
J. Patrick Kerr, 43, of Paducah has pled guilty to all charges in a federal indictment accusing him of theft and embezzlement of property. David J. Hale, U-S Attorney for the Western District of Kentucky, says Kerr and 52 year old Susan H. Wilson, also of Paducah, embezzled and stole about $200,000 in Convention Center funds.
Kerr and Wilson were initially arrested following an investigation by the Paducah Police Department. Authorities say the money was used to help support Kerr's dependency on pain medication.
Defendants Kerr and Wislon face a possible sentence of twenty years in prison and a fine of $500,000.