CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Dallas Toler repeatedly stroked his face, as if trying to wipe away what was taking place in the courtroom.
Toler, the former chief magistrate in Mingo County, pleaded guilty Monday in U.S. District Court in Charleston to one count of voter-registration fraud.
"In other words, did you do it?" Judge Thomas Johnston asked Toler.
"Yes, sir," he responded.
Toler faces up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine on the felony charge when Johnston sentences him March 10.
Toler resigned in October, hours before federal prosecutors filed the charge against him. His resignation was part of his plea deal with prosecutors.
Toler, 45, admitted Monday that he submitted a voter registration application in April 2012 in the name of a convicted felon, who was on probation at the time.
The felon was staying at one of his rental properties, according to court documents. Toler knew the man was on probation because he had seen him at the courthouse when he was about to provide a urine sample for drug testing, which was a condition of his probation, according to Toler's plea agreement.
Toler is the fourth Mingo official to plead guilty in the ongoing corruption investigation by U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin's office.
"Once again, we have a judge engaged in corruption. This time, corruption of the electoral process, so that Mr. Toler and his cohorts could keep their positions of power," Goodwin said outside of the courthouse. "The people of Mingo County are fed up, they're tired of these shenanigans; they're absolutely fed up and we're going to continue to do whatever is necessary to help them."
In October, Michael Thornsbury, the county's former circuit judge, pleaded guilty to the felony charge of conspiring to deprive George White of his constitutional rights. Last month, the county's prosecuting attorney, Michael Sparks, admitted he deprived White of his constitutional rights. Sparks and Thornsbury admitted to trying to cover up allegations that Mingo County's former sheriff, Eugene Crum, illegally received prescription painkillers from White.
David Baisden, a former Mingo commissioner, admitted to an extortion charge. All of the men stepped down from their positions as part of deals made with prosecutors.
Also, as part of Toler's deal with prosecutors, he agreed never to seek or serve in public office again.
On Monday, Toler walked quickly out of the courthouse to an SUV with tinted windows.