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Man pleads guilty to false registration

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By The Staff

SHEPHERDSVILLE - A man has entered a guilty plea on a charge relating to an incident that occurred 37 years ago in Jefferson County.

Stephen Ray Thomason entered a guilty plea on Thursday in Bullitt Circuit Court to the charge of wrongfully registering. The case was set to go to a jury trial before the matter was resolved.

A special prosecutor from the state Attorney General Jack Conway’s office agreed to a one-year sentence but that would be served for five years on pre-trial diversion.

Final sentencing is set for Jan. 25 in Bullitt Circuit Court.

Thomason was involved in a fight that resulted in the death of Eugene Kaufman Sr. in Louisville 37 years ago. He was convicted of homicide, which made him a convicted felon and ineligible to vote.

Several months later, Thomason was allowed to register to vote in Kentucky even though he was a convicted felon. He was never told that anything improper had been done and he was never taken off the voter roll.

Several years ago, members of Kaufman’s family brought the violation of state election laws to the attorney general’s office, local officials and the state Board of Elections.

Earlier this year, Thomason was indicted by the grand jury.

Thomason was already taken off the voter roll.