CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Former Mingo County commissioner David Baisden agreed Thursday to pay almost $8,000 in restitution to two tire companies as part of his plea agreement on a federal extortion charge.
Baisden, 66, of Delbarton, pleaded guilty in October, admitting that he demanded Appalachian Tire sell him tires for his personal vehicle at a discounted price only available for government vehicles.
He agreed to pay $5,489 to Goodyear and $2,236 to Appalachian Tire, according to an agreement with federal prosecutors filed Thursday.
When Appalachian Tire refused to give him a discount, Baisden -- who was the county's purchasing agent, in addition to being a county commissioner -- steered the county's contract to a different company.
U.S. District Court Judge John Copenhaver is scheduled to sentence Baisden on Jan. 29. The extortion charge Baisden admitted to carries a maximum sentence of 20 years, and a maximum of $250,000. However, the advisory guidelines call for a sentence between 24 to 30 months, according to a sentencing memorandum filed earlier this month by Baisden's attorney, Jim Cagle.
Copenhaver canceled a hearing scheduled for today after the restitution agreement Baisden made with Assistant U.S. Attorney Steve Ruby was filed.
"In light of Mr. Baisden's minimal disposable income and net worth," the agreement calls for Baisden to make 36 monthly payments of about $152 to Goodyear and payments of about $62 to Appalachian Tire.