CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Former Mingo County Prosecuting Attorney Michael Sparks is no longer licensed to practice law in West Virginia.  On Friday, the state Supreme Court nullified his law license.

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Former Mingo County Prosecuting Attorney Michael Sparks lost his law license on Friday.

The move came just two days after Sparks was charged in U.S. District Court with violating a man’s Constitutional rights.  Sparks resigned from office this week and indicated, at that time, he would surrender his law license.

He is accused of participating in a conspiracy, with former Mingo County Circuit Judge Michael Thornsbury and former Mingo County Commissioner David Baisden, to protect late Mingo County Sheriff Eugene Crum.

Federal prosecutors said Sparks’ cooperation was “key” to a scheme to give Crum’s alleged drug dealer a more lenient drug sentence, earlier this year, because he changed lawyers and stopped talking to federal investigators about Crum.

Earlier this week, U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin said Sparks could serve time in prison.  “He certainly is exposed to jail time.  That is entirely within the discretion of the court,” said Goodwin.  According to federal guidelines, the maximum sentence for a violation of Constitutional rights is one year.

The state Office of Disciplinary Counsel had petitioned the Supreme Court to pull Sparks’ license when charges were first filed against Thornsbury.  Sparks, who was named in the Thornsbury information, originally fought to keep his license, but has now dropped those efforts.

He will  have to wait at least five years before attempting to get back his law license.

Teresa Maynard is serving as acting Prosecuting Attorney in Mingo County.

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  • Hester Keatley

    with no evidence in all investigations that were
    done, including passing a polygraph test, private investigator's report. And you still get an indictment. I smell a rat-named Michael. My son
    did not have to register as a sex offender, The charges were dropped at the prosecutors' request. Jim G. My son did nothing wrong, He has MS and has much difficulty with balance. There is so much more that could be said about this case and will be soon. My son is not going to jail, Michael is.

  • Rebecca

    Actually have to commit a crime to be a sex offender...lies don't make it so!

  • Jim G.

    Drew seems that Jimmy Keatley may have (according to you) taken a page out of beloved Sheriff Crum's book. All prosecutions in Mingo County are now suspect because of the corrupt justice system there. Hester if your son is guilty of such an act he deserved to be punished but your family did not.

  • Drew sparks

    At least Mr.Sparks won't have to register as a sex offender Hester,like your son Jimmy.

  • Drew sparks

    I would rather violate a convicted drug dealers rights,than violate a young student at school Hester,your son is the real monster.

  • Drew sparks

    Don't be fooled by Hester Keatleys comments,Prosecutor Sparks prosecuted her son,who was a teacher Jimmy Keatleys,for fondeling one of his innocent young students,and can never teach again,he is a sexual predator,his name is Jimmy Keatleys,so beware,don't let your children around him.He is the real monster.

  • DWL

    The STATE? Are you kidding? The Supremes' are just as dirty. They just wear gloves to keep the prints off of the money. If they have a (D) out past their name they're all dirty. Ever the (R)'s will lie to you. The entire system is "inside out" and "upside down".

  • Cooter

    State takeover of the judicial system in that county is the only hope. Has it ever been done? It needs to happen, I don't trust anybody there to do the right thing.

  • Hester Keatley

    Michael Sparks is an evil vindictive human being. He stated earlier that he would try to undo the injustices that was done to the people of Mingo County. He has caused 99 per cent
    of the injustices. He has played god during his tenure as PA of Mingo County. I want to vomit when he quotes the bible, knowing the evil deeds he has committed. He has destroyed many innocent lives. I hope everyone will challenge any indictments he has handed down. Especially the ones that he signed, the foreperson should have signed it. He needs to tell the truth. I wonder how he feels losing his license although he is guilty. I do believe McDonalds is hiring. They are very selective.
    HE has drug our family through the mud,
    Hester Keatley, Mingo County.