LEXINGTON - Ronnie Wayne Thompson pleaded guilty Friday to federal charges of preventing the seizure of property belonging to his brother, Larry Gene Thompson Sr.
Ronnie Thompson, 48, of Mount Vernon, told U.S. District Judge Karl S. Forester during his arraignment that he believed the government had enough evidence to convict him.
Larry Gene Thompson Sr. was sentenced earlier this month to 14 years on federal charges relating to a drug trafficking ring involving 24 others.
Ronnie Thompson faced two charges, the first relating to an incident on Jan. 31 in Lincoln and Rockcastle counties. According to assistant U.S. Attorney Ron Walker, Ronnie Thompson, during an act of search and seizure by Internal Revenue Service Agent Walter Woosley, "prevented the seizure of cattle and livestock ... and did transfer them." Count two relates to a false statement Ronnie Thompson allegedly gave authorities.