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WVA CORRUPTION CHARGES
Mingo County commissioner who pleaded guilty to federal extortion charge resigns
Reported by: Associated Press
Monday, October 7, 2013 3:32 PM EDT
A Mingo County commissioner who pleaded guilty to a federal extortion charge has stepped down.
Baisden pleaded guilty in federal court last week 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.
In his letter, Baisden apologized for putting Mingo County in a bad light. Media outlets reported he also touted his efforts to bring public water options to county residents since first taking office in January 2007.
As part of his plea agreement, Baisden agreed to step down before he's sentenced Jan. 14. He faces up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.