News Release
December 9, 2009
Contact: Rich Isaacson
Number: (313) 234-4310

Two Former Glassgow Police Department Majors Sentenced for Illegally Possessing Hydrocodone and Tampering with Witness

DEC 09 -- BOWLING GREEN, KY - United States Attorney Candace G. Hill of the Western District of Kentucky announced today that Johnny Lee Travis, age 42, and Maxie Christopher Murray, age 37, both of Glasgow, Kentucky, in Barren County, were sentenced and credited with time served of 5 weeks’ imprisonment and 8 months’ home incarceration, in United States District Court, Bowling Green, Kentucky. The men were sentenced for illegally possessing hydrocodone and tampering with a witness.

Thomas B. Russell, Chief Judge, United States District Court, also sentenced Travis and Murray to 2 years’ supervised release following imprisonment. There is no parole in the federal judicial system. In addition, a fine of $1,000 was imposed on each defendant.

Travis and Murray are former majors in the Glasgow Police Department. Travis and Murray were indicted on February 4, 2009. On April 22, 2009, they both pled guilty, admitting that between February 2004 and March 2008, they conspired with each other and others to illegally possess hydrocodone, an addictive Schedule III pain killer which is legally available only by prescription. Travis and Murray also both admitted that on June 25, 2008, they both attempted to corruptly persuade a witness not to share information about their crimes with law enforcement.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney David Weiser, and it was investigated by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the Barren County Drug Task Force.