Mingo County Corruption

Baisden Wants Prison Sentence Vacated

Dec 1, 2014
Ashton Marra

 A former Mingo County commissioner who pleaded guilty to extortion wants his prison sentence vacated. The Charleston Gazette reports David Baisden is asking a federal judge to throw out the 20 month prison sentence he was given in January. 

David Benbennick / wikimedia Commons

A judge is considering motions to dismiss a lawsuit alleging a Mingo County magistrate was targeted for opposing corruption.

Magistrate Deloris "Dee" Sidebottom's lawsuit says former Mingo County Circuit Court Judge Michael Thornsbury, former prosecutor Michael Sparks and former state police Trooper Brandon Moore conspired to force her out of office.

Brian Turner / Wikimedia Commons

Former Mingo County prosecutor Michael Sparks is asking a federal judge for a sentence other than prison time in his corruption case.

Media outlets report that an attorney for Sparks says an alternative sentence like community service would allow Sparks to teach others about the "perils of political corruption."

As part of the West Virginia Focus Magazine project called Turn This Town Around, experts with the West Virginia Community Development HUB are helping Matewan focus, pursue, and execute plans to revitalize the town.

Mingo County, Williamson
Flonight / wikimedia Commons

Mingo County voters head to the polls May 13 with a slate of positions up for grabs after a federal corruption investigation cost four office holders their jobs. The county's circuit judge, prosecutor, chief magistrate and a county commissioner resigned following their convictions over the past nine months. The Democratic primary also will choose a new sheriff one year after Eugene Crum was fatally shot.

Ex-Mingo Magistrate Pleads Guilty to Vote Charge

Dec 2, 2013

A former Mingo County magistrate has pleaded guilty to illegally registering a felon to vote in the 2012 primary election.

Dallas Toler entered his plea Monday in U.S. District Court in Charleston. He's scheduled to be sentenced March 10, 2014.
Toler was accused of knowing in April 2012 that a person known to the U.S. attorney's office was on probation for a felony at the time the voter registration application was submitted.

Judge Michael Thornsbury pleaded guilty to federal charges for violating a Mingo County man’s Constitutional rights when attempting to cover up a drug deal.

Mingo County Commissioner David Baisden walking out of the U.S. District Courthouse in Charleston.
Ashton Marra

Mingo County Commissioner David Baisden pleaded guilty yesterday to a charge stemming from a federal investigation into corruption in the county. Baisden agreed to a plea bargain from federal prosecutors and will await his sentencing in January.