Pill addict former judge goes to prison9:05 am | May 30, 2013
KNOXVILLE — A former Knox County judge has reported to federal prison for lying to investigators.
The Knoxville News Sentinel reported Richard Baumgartner checked into the work camp at Gilmer medium-security prison in Glenville, W. Va., on Wednesday.
Baumgartner’s lawyer, Don Bosch, said his client will be assigned a job within a week. Baumgartner is serving a six-month sentence.
He was convicted of lying to disguise his buying of prescription painkillers from a mistress.
His drug abuse led to new trials for two Lebanon, Ky., suspects in the kidnapping and torture killings of a young Knoxville couple in 2007. Both were again convicted.
Baumgartner is appealing his conviction.