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PIKEVILLE — A Floyd County man is headed back to prison, after admitting to a violation of his federal probation.

On Wednesday, Manis Risner, 55, of Martin, stood before U.S. District Judge Amul Thapar, waiting to learn his fate after admitting he had stolen electricity by using jumper cables to connect his electric box to an electric line.

Risner was one of five people indicted in September 2009 as part of a conspiracy to travel to Pennsylvania to illegitimately obtain Methadone and prescription painkillers. Risner later pleaded guilty to conspiracy and money laundering and admitted to providing a portion of the pills he received to another person for resale.

Risner was sentenced in November 2010 to 46 months in prison. He was released in March 2013.

On Wednesday, Risner admitted to the electricity theft, in a deal previously arranged with prosecutors. Although not bound by the sentencing recommendation in the agreement, Judge Thapar sentenced him to serve the recommended nine months in prison.

Risner’s attorney, Sid Trivette, requested that his client be given some time before reporting to prison, because Risner was recovering from a recent heart attack and had previously scheduled doctor’s visits he needed to attend. Trivette also requested that Risner serve his time in the Federal Medical Center Lexington.

Thapar agreed to give Risner until Aug. 18 to report to prison. He also said he would recommend Risner be incarcerated at FMC Lexington, but noted that that decision ultimately rested with the Bureau of Prisons.

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