A meeting was arranged with George White's brother, Glenn White. Crum and Sparks told Glenn White that if his brother fired West and replaced him with another lawyer -- one favored by Crum, Sparks and Baisden -- that Thornsbury would give George White a light sentence, the information states.
When Crum informed Thornsbury of the scheme to get George White to change lawyers, prosecutors say, the judge agreed and said that it would be in White's "best interest to obtain new counsel."
After his brother told him about the offer for a lighter sentence, White fired West -- who ran against Sparks for prosecutor last year -- and hired the lawyer favored by Crum, Sparks and Baisden, according to the information.
The lawyer now representing White is Ronald Rumora, a former Mingo County prosecuting attorney.
After White switched lawyers, Crum had one of his deputies obtain a statement from White saying that he had never provided drugs to Crum, according to prosecutors.
White pleaded guilty to the drug charges and Thornsbury sentenced him "with knowledge of this arrangement," according to Thursday's filing. White was sentenced to 1 to 15 years in jail, according to the Mingo circuit clerk employee.
According to documents in the Mingo County circuit clerk's office, Thornsbury had scheduled a hearing to reconsider White's sentence on Sept. 26. The judge scheduled that hearing on July 15.
Rosie Crum and her daughter, Julie Hall, both said Thursday that the allegations against the late sheriff aren't true.
Sparks announced Wednesday that he would request a special prosecutor to take over the murder trial of Tennis Maynard, the man accused of shooting Crum. The prosecutor said he had to recuse himself, citing an "emerging conflict of interest."
State Supreme Court justices are expected to issue an order today about whether to suspend Sparks' law license.
Conspiring to deprive someone of his or her constitutional rights carries a 10-year maximum prison sentence, Goodwin has said.
Thornsbury's attorney, Stephen Jory, would not comment Thursday. Sparks and Rumora could not be reached for comment; nor could James Cagle, a lawyer for Baisden.
Goodwin would not say if the others who allegedly took part in the conspiracy --Sparks and Baisden -- would face charges from it.
Thornsbury had a pre-trial hearing on the earlier charges against him scheduled for Sept. 26, but U.S. District Judge Thomas Johnston canceled that hearing earlier this week.
In the earlier case, federal prosecutors allege that Thornsbury conspired to get Robert Woodruff arrested and thrown in jail. Thornsbury allegedly hoped that if Woodruff was in jail, Kim Woodruff -- the judge's former secretary and lover -- would be forced to restart an affair with him for financial reasons.
The West Virginia Supreme Court suspended Thornsbury without pay, and also suspended his law license, after the earlier indictment.
On Thursday, Thornsbury was served with a statement of charges by the state Judicial Investigation Commission. The commission found that Thornsbury violated four of the rules of conduct for judges in the state.
Baisden faces a federal extortion charge in an unrelated case. He allegedly tried to get Appalachian Tire to sell him tires for his personal vehicle at a special government rate. When the business refused, Baisden allegedly steered the county's tire contract elsewhere, costing Appalachian Tire thousands of dollars.
On Wednesday, Ruby asked a judge to schedule a hearing for Baisden to plead guilty. Mingo County Commissioner Greg "Hootie" Smith said Thursday that Baisden would step down as commissioner as a condition of his plea deal.
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