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Would-be electrician gets one year in jail

State officials hope the sentencing of a Wayne County man for performing electrical work without a license will be a deterrent for other would-be electricians in Kentucky.

William Frank Gilliam was sentenced to one year in the Wayne County Jail after pleading guilty to a Class A misdemeanor in Wayne District Court on Nov. 28. He began serving the sentence shortly thereafter.

State Fire Marshal Rodney Raby said the sentence should serve as a warning to others who wire homes even though they don’t hold a state electrician’s license.

“We were alerted by the local utility of the substandard wiring performed when this house was being renovated,” Raby said. “We found numerous electrical code violations that put the homeowner at risk.”

When the wiring failed inspection, the homeowner, Kari Wardell, of 327 Golden Pond Resort Road in Monticello, was forced to pay a licensed electrician to undue the substandard wiring and perform the work properly.

Kentucky has about 18,000 licensed electricians whose work is overseen by the state Office of Housing, Buildings, and Construction. The agency is a part of the Department of Public Protection in the Environmental and Public Protection Cabinet.

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