UPDATE: Ex-Mingo Prosecutor Seeks to Avoid Prison Time

By: WSAZ News Staff Email
By: WSAZ News Staff Email

UPDATE 7/2/14
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Former Mingo County prosecutor Michael Sparks is asking a federal judge for a sentence other than prison time in his corruption case.

The attorney for Sparks says an alternative sentence like community service would allow Sparks to teach others about the "perils of political corruption."

Federal prosecutors are asking U.S. District Judge Thomas Johnston to give Sparks the maximum sentence of a year in prison.

The sentencing is set for Monday in Charleston.

Sparks pleaded guilty in 2013 to depriving campaign sign maker George White of his constitutional rights.

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



6/10/14
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Former Mingo County Prosecutor Michael Sparks' sentencing on corruption charges has been rescheduled again.

Sparks was slated to be sentenced June 16 in U.S. District Court in Charleston. On Monday, Judge Thomas E. Johnston rescheduled the proceeding for July 7.

Court records show Sparks originally was set to be sentenced Feb. 24. His sentencing was reset three times prior to Johnston's latest order.

Sparks pleaded guilty in 2013 to depriving campaign sign maker George White of his constitutional rights.

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

Former Mingo County Circuit Court Judge Michael Thornsbury was sentenced Monday to 50 months in prison for his role in the scheme.


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