Assistant U.S. Attorney Steve Ruby told the judge that Baisden ordered Jerry Colegrove, who worked for the county commission, to tell Appalachian Tire that Baisden "was a powerful official and that Appalachian could risk losing its business" with the commission.
Baisden's granddaughter sat in the courtroom wiping tears from her eyes.
"He's doing OK," she said after the hearing.
Baisden's trial had been scheduled for Oct. 21. He remains free on $10,000 bail.
Baisden was also mentioned last month when federal prosecutors charged Mingo Circuit Judge Michael Thornsbury for the second time.
Prosecutors say Baisden and others helped Thornsbury interrupt a federal investigation into then-Mingo County Sheriff Eugene Crum, and helped cover up allegations that Crum illegally received prescription painkillers from a drug dealer. Thornsbury is scheduled to plead guilty to that charge Wednesday.
Goodwin said Baisden is cooperating with an ongoing investigation in Mingo County and "he won't be further charged in that investigation."
Before he was elected commissioner in 2009, Baisden was the assessor in Mingo County. Baisden can never run for office again, the plea deal stipulates.
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