Michael Thornsbury pleaded guilty last October to violating a man's constitutional rights.
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Michael Thornsbury pleaded guilty last October to violating a man's constitutional rights.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. —Former Circuit Judge Michael Thornsbury will be sentenced in U.S. District Court on Monday in connection with a Mingo County corruption scandal.

Thornsbury previously pleaded guilty to violating the constitutional rights of George White, a sign maker from Delbarton.

White was owed money by the late Sheriff Eugene Crum for campaign signs produced during the 2012 election. Instead, Crum had White arrested on trumped-up charges of drug possession. Thornsbury agreed to a plea deal for White so he would stop talking to federal investigators about Crum’s alleged drug problem.

The arrangement fully came to light after Crum was shot to death outside the Mingo County courthouse in April 2013, thoug the shooting is not believed to be related to White’s case.

Thornsbury agreed to work with federal prosecutors to help bring corruption charges against then-Mingo County Commissioner David Baisden, prosecutor Michael Sparks and magistrate Dallas Toller. All three resigned from their positions and accepted plea deals.

As part of that cooperation, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District Booth Goodwin wrote a letter to the judge in the case, Thomas Johnston, asking that Thornsbury’s sentence be reduced by 10 months for his willingness to assist in the investigation.

Thornsbury had served as the sole circuit judge in the 30th Judicial Circuit since 1997. He was re-elected to an eight-year term in 2008.

The sentencing hearing is scheduled to begin at 1:30 p.m.

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Comments

  • Jim shorts

    What would have happened if the trumped up drug charge would have stuck on Mr. White. 20 years would be warranted. Almost ruined a mans life!

  • Goodwin the Joke

    So he squeals like a pig after he got caught and he should be rewarded for that? Seriously? Booth Goodwin needs to be sentenced right along with this corrupt judge if Goodwin thinks rewarding corruption is OK.

    • Glen

      Goodwin is no better than Obama for negotiating with terroist ... because that is what he did IMO!

    • Glen

      That's why the people of Mingo County now look down on Goodwin.
      Must be a Mason thing IMO! A man was looking at 20 years in a State Prison and this scum Ex Judege gets a BIG break from Booth Goodwin. Gets to pick his own Federal Prison in Florida. WOW, I'm sure he will have it rough.
      Goodwin is no better than Obama for negotiating with terroist. He's a POS too!

  • Aaron

    Does this give credence to the claim by the gentleman who shot Sheriff Crum?

  • Picklebee

    Do we tax payers continue to pay his salary and does he collect his retirement too?
    If so, sweet deal!

  • The Answer

    We'll know after he's sentenced Monday how much power the good ole boy club still yields..

    • Glen

      The Ex Judge is laughing all the way to Court.
      he still has the power. Masons take care of each other!

  • Bill

    What a joke 10 months for violating a man's constitutional rights.

  • ViennaGuy

    Does this also mean he'll lose his law license?

    • Glen

      Just for 5 years!

  • Fred Wilson

    His term of office was 8 years?

    Sounds about like what he should get in the slammer.