Two employees of Knox County Trustee Jimmy Duncan III have pled guilty to facilitation of public misconduct.
Trustee Chief of Staff Josh Burnett and delinquent tax attorney Chad Tindell entered their pleas in Knox County Criminal Court yesterday.
Both received sentences of 11 months and 29 days probation and will likely seek judicial diversion. Burnett and Tindell have submitted their resignations.
Their pleas are in connection with bonuses given by Duncan to himself and other employees of the trustee's office.
Burnett and Tindell admitted knowing that "another or others intended to commit official misconduct (and) … knowingly furnished substantial assistance in the official misconduct," which occurred in December 2010, according to court documents.
The News-Sentinel story is here.