EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSPlea Hearings Sought For Sparks, Toler In Mingo Cases
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Web Producer: Jeff Morris
Reported: Oct. 22, 2013 9:14 AM EDT
Updated: Oct. 23, 2013 11:50 AM EDT
Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia
Federal prosecutors want a judge to schedule plea hearings for two former Mingo County officials charged in a corruption probe.
The motions filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Charleston focus on former prosecutor Michael Sparks and former Magistrate Dallas Toler.
Sparks is accused in a scheme to protect Sheriff Eugene Crum from revelations he'd bought drugs from a campaign sign-maker.
Prosecutors allege Sparks, former county Commissioner David Baisden and former Circuit Judge Michael Thornsbury offered a lighter sentence if sign-maker George White fired his lawyer and hired one they preferred.
Crum died in April in an unrelated shooting. White is serving one to 15 years under a plea agreement.
Toler is charged in a separate federal case with illegally registering a felon to vote in the 2012 primary election.
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