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WVA CORRUPTION CHARGES
Suspended Mingo County judge Michael Thornsbury due in court for plea hearing
Reported by: Associated Press
Wednesday, October 2, 2013 3:13 AM EDT
A suspended Mingo County judge is due in court for a plea hearing on a federal conspiracy charge.
Thornsbury is accused of participating in a scheme to protect the reputation of Mingo County Sheriff Eugene Crum from revelations he'd bought drugs from a campaign sign-maker.
Prosecutors allege Thornsbury and others offered a lighter sentence if the man fired his lawyer and hired one they preferred.
Crum died in April in an unrelated shooting.
In exchange for a guilty plea, prosecutors say they would dismiss charges against Thornsbury in a separate federal case. Prosecutors say Thornsbury repeatedly tried to frame his secretary's husband for false crimes to eliminate him as a romantic rival.