Ex-Nichols fire official pleads guilty

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Board chair admits taking over $174,000

By Thomas Barr

 NICHOLS - A long-time member of the Nichols Fire District Board of Trustees entered a guilty plea to taking over $170,000 from the department.

James Paul Johnson Jr. appeared Thursday in Bullitt Circuit Court to admit to the theft of funds.

Johnson entered a plea to the charge of theft by unlawful taking over $10,000, a Class C felony punishable by 5-10 years in prison.

Prosecutor Michael Mann recommended a five-year sentence with Johnson serving six months in jail and the rest of the time would be probated.

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