CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The sentencing of former Mingo County Circuit Judge Michael Thornsbury has been pushed back by three months.
Michael Thornsbury was scheduled to be sentenced Jan. 13, but federal prosecutors asked last week for a 90-day delay. U.S. District Judge Thomas E. Johnston agreed to their request, according to a court filing Monday.
Thornsbury's sentencing is now set for April 21.
Prosecutors sought the delay to given them more time to investigate information Thornsbury provided in a corruption probe.
The former judge pleaded guilty in October to conspiring to deprive a drug suspect of his constitutional rights to thwart an investigation into the county's sheriff.
In the request for a delay, Assistant U.S. Attorney Steve Ruby said Thornsbury "is cooperating with the United States and has provided information about activities that the United States is now investigating."
In their motion, prosecutors said they want Thornsbury available for meetings, and that would be more difficult if he were in prison.
Depending on the value of the information Thornsbury provides federal prosecutors, he could become eligible for a lighter sentence, according to the motion.