UPDATE: Former Mingo Judge Reports to Florida Prison

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

UPDATE 7/30/14
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - A former West Virginia judge has reported to a Florida prison to serve his sentence for a corruption conviction.

Ex-Mingo County Circuit Judge Michael Thornsbury reported Tuesday to the minimum-security Federal Prison Camp Pensacola.

Thornsbury was sentenced June 9 to four years and two months in prison. U.S. Judge Thomas E. Johnston compared Thornsbury's abuse of power to what could be expected from a "third-world dictator."

Last year Thornsbury pleaded guilty to conspiring to deprive campaign sign maker George White of his constitutional rights.

Prosecutors said Thornsbury participated in a scheme to protect the late Sheriff Eugene Crum, a political ally, from accusations that the sheriff bought prescription painkillers from White.

The Federal Bureau of Prisons determined where Thornsbury would serve his sentence.



6/21/14
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - A former Mingo County judge who pleaded guilty to a corruption charge is appealing his 50-month prison sentence.

Michael Thornsbury's attorney has filed a notice of appeal with the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Virginia.

Thornsbury pleaded guilty to conspiring to deprive campaign sign maker George White of his constitutional rights.

Prosecutors said Thornsbury participated in a scheme to protect the late Sheriff Eugene Crum from accusations that the sheriff bought prescription painkillers from White.

U.S. District Judge Thomas Johnston earlier this month agreed with prosecutors who argued that Thornsbury deserved more prison time than the 30 to 37 months suggested by federal sentencing guidelines.

Johnston said Thornsbury's abuse of power was akin to that of "a third-world dictator."


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