In the sentencing memorandum, Cagle wrote that Baisden has no salary, has lost his pension and has prostate cancer. He has asked the judge to grant Baisden probation.
Baisden cost Appalachian Tire tens of thousands of dollars since 2009, U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin has said.
Discounts for tires for government vehicles can range from 45 percent to 52 percent, based on a tire's size and other factors, according to Jeri Whitehead, director of purchasing for the Kanawha County Commission.
Before he was elected commissioner in 2009, Baisden was Mingo County's assessor. As part of his plea deal, Baisden had to resign as commissioner and agree never to run for public office again.
Baisden was also mentioned in charges filed against the county's former circuit judge, Michael Thornsbury, and prosecuting attorney, Michael Sparks.
Federal prosecutors said Sparks and Baisden devised a scheme to keep George White quiet about providing the county's former sheriff with prescription drugs. They say Thornsbury knew of and approved of the scheme.
Thornsbury pleaded guilty to conspiring to deprive a suspected drug dealer of his constitutional rights, while Sparks pleaded guilty to depriving that man of his rights. Baisden was never charged in that incident.
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