Plea dates set for former Mingo officials
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A U.S. District judge on Tuesday set hearings for two former Mingo County officials to plead guilty to federal charges.
Former Mingo Prosecuting Attorney Michael Sparks is expected to plead guilty to one count of deprivation of rights under the color of law at 1:30 p.m. Nov. 18.
Dallas "Big Dal" Toler, former Mingo chief magistrate, is set to plead guilty to one count of voter registration fraud in a separate case at 1:30 p.m. on Dec. 2.
U.S. District Judge Thomas Johnston scheduled both hearings.
Sparks is accused of depriving convicted drug dealer George White of his rights while trying to cover up allegations that Mingo County's former sheriff, Eugene Crum, illegally received prescription painkillers from White, according to the information filed by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Steve Ruby and Haley Bunn.
Toler is accused of illegally submitting a voter registration application in the name of a convicted felon who was on probation at the time, according to a separate charge filed by Ruby.