Office of the Attorney General
Attorney General Conway Announces Convictions in Attempted Bribery of Pulaski County Commonwealth's Attorney
Attorney General Jack Conway and his Office of Special Prosecutions today announced the conviction of a Somerset man on Friday, June 24, 2011 in connection with a scheme to bribe the Commonwealth's Attorney for Pulaski County. Sixty-two-old Walter Creekmore entered a guilty plea to one count of complicity to bribery of a public servant, a Class C felony. Another co-defendant, 64-year-old Everett Hyden pled guilty to the same charge on November 19, 2010. A Pulaski County grand jury indicted Creekmore and Hyden in July 2010.
The grand jury also indicted 44-year-old Virginia "Carol" Hampton, 44-year-old Dormus "Bubby" Dalton and 63-year-old Nobel Hampton, all of Somerset, for their involvement in the bribery scheme. Nobel Hampton died while the charges against him were pending.
Carol Hampton and Dalton still stand indicted on one count each of complicity to bribe a public servant. If convicted, Dalton faces up to 20 years in prison as a result of being a persistent felony offender, 1st degree. The charge carries up 10 years in prison for Hampton. No trial date has been set for the two defendants.
The five defendants are accused of acting together between May 18 and June 10, 2010 to collect and deliver $20,000 to the Commonwealth's Attorney as a bribe to secure the release of Carol Hampton's son, Brandon Compton, a twice-convicted narcotics trafficker. When Eddy Montgomery, Commonwealth's Attorney for the 28th Judicial Circuit, was initially approached he immediately notified police and assisted them in a covert investigation.
The Somerset Police Department investigated the case. The Attorney General's Office of Special Prosecutions is handling the prosecution as the Commonwealth's Attorney is a witness in the case.
An indictment is an accusation only. All defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.