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Former city officials report to jail

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Landmark News Service

Despite the snow, former Hodgenville mayor Terry Cruse and former city clerk MaDonna Hornback reported Monday as scheduled to Nelson County Jail in Bardstown to begin serving their 30-day sentences.

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The two pleaded guilty in Nelson Circuit Court to multiple felony counts a week ago for inappropriate use of the city’s credit cards to fuel personal vehicles and claiming mileage for which the two were ineligible.

Cruse, who was removed as mayor May 15, pleaded guilty in Nelson Circuit Court to nine counts of abuse of public trust and two counts to complicity to theft by unlawful taking.

Hornback, who served as city clerk in Cruse’s administration, pleaded guilty to 54 counts of abuse of public trust and two counts to complicity to theft by unlawful taking.

According to their plea agreements, the commonwealth recommended three years to serve for each charge. Each sentence is to run concurrent for a total of three years, which was probated for five years with 30 days to serve.

Additionally, it was recommended Hornback complete 200 hours of community service with the city of Hodgenville, which may be probated if she gains full-time employment. Cruse and Hornback also are jointly responsible for restitution to the city in the two cases. Should one default on their payments, the other will be responsible for the remaining balance.

According to the agreement, Cruse is responsible for $7,361.53 and he agreed to pay $7,000 by his formal sentencing date. Hornback is responsible for $8,778.05.

Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Whitney Meredith said the restitution amounts were determined from the amount of mileage Cruse and Hornback claimed and the cost of fuel to personal vehicles to include a vehicle belonging to Hornback’s son.

Formal sentencing for Cruse and Hornback is at 9 a.m. March 19.