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Former judge reports to prison
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KNOXVILLE (AP) — A former Knox County judge has reported to federal prison for lying to investigators.
The Knoxville News Sentinel reports Richard Baumgartner checked into the work camp at Gilmer medium-security prison in Glenville, W. Va., on Wednesday.
Baumgartner's lawyer, Don Bosch, confirmed his client had reported to prison. Baumgartner, who is 66 years old, is serving a six-month sentence.
“He was immediately put in the camp and is doing well,” Bosch said. “He will be assigned a job within the week.”
The former Knox County Criminal Court judge was convicted of lying to disguise his buying of prescription painkillers from a mistress.
His drug abuse led to new trials for two Lebanon, Ky., suspects in the kidnapping and torture killings of a young Knoxville couple in 2007. Both were again convicted.
Baumgartner was on the judicial bench for almost 20 years before his conduct came under scrutiny in 2010. The TBI discovered he was buying painkillers from a felon on probation in his court. He resigned and pleaded guilty to official misconduct in state court in exchange for probation.
However federal charges followed and, in October, Baumgartner was convicted on five counts of misprision of a felony. U.S. District Court Judge Ronnie Greer sentenced him to a six-month prison term.