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Judge Sentences Ex-Mingo Commissioner to Prison

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

UPDATE 1/29/14 @ 11:20 a.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A former Mingo County Commissioner will spend time in prison on federal charges.

David Baisden was sentenced in federal court Tuesday.

Back in October, Baisden pleaded guilty 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.

Baisden had already agreed to pay a total of $7,700 in restitution to Appalachian Tire and Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co, but he was hoping to get probation.

On Wednesday, the judge sentenced Baisden to 20 months in prison. Baisden will also pay nearly $7,700 in restitution to Appalachian Tire and Good Year Tire.

Supporters surrounded Baisden as he left the federal courthouse. At one point, a supporter grabbed WSAZ.com's photojournalist, trying to block him, as he was in the process of shooting video of Baisden.

Baisden has to report to prison on April 4 by 2 p.m.



ORIGINAL STORY
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- A former Mingo County commissioner who admitted to a federal extortion charge is set to find out whether he's heading to prison.

David Baisden 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, Baisden agreed to pay a total of $7,700 in restitution to Appalachian Tire and Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co.

The 66-year-old Delbarton resident is scheduled to be sentenced Wednesday in federal court in Charleston. He faces up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Baisden's attorney is asking for probation. Federal prosecutors are seeking a prison term between two and two-and-a-half years.

The sentencing hearing is set for 10 a.m.

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