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Ex-deputy rejects plea deal over restitution

Ex-deputy rejects plea deal over restitution
By: Associated Press

PADUCAH, Ky. -- A former McCracken County sheriff's deputy will go to trial in June after rejecting a plea deal on multiple charges related to a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Benny Harding is a one-time McCracken County Sheriff's Deputy.  His attorney, Andrew Coiner, says Harding turned down the plea offer yesterday because of the amount of restitution he would have been required to pay.

McCracken Circuit Judge Jeff Hines on Friday set trial dates of June 12th and 13th.

Harding faces charges of tampering with physical evidence, insurance fraud, criminal mischief and theft, and misdemeanor charges of filing a false police report and official misconduct.

The case stems from allegations that Harding falsely claimed he was shot in the shoulder on last Oct. 11 by an unknown assailant while checking on a parked car. Investigators said Harding subsequently admitted his wound was self-inflicted.

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