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Ex-Mingo Commissioner Sentenced to 20 Months

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Ashton Marra

A former Mingo County commissioner has been sentenced to more than a year in prison on a federal extortion charge.
 
     David Baisden received a 20-month sentence Wednesday in federal court in Charleston.
 
     He pleaded guilty in October to trying to buy tires for his personal vehicle at a government discount in 2009, then terminating the county's contract with Appalachian Tire when it refused to cooperate.
 
     Earlier this month, the 67-year-old Delbarton resident agreed to pay a total of $7,700 in restitution to Appalachian Tire and Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co.
 
     Baisden's attorney had asked for probation. Federal prosecutors sought a prison term between two and two-and-a-half years.


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