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Former Mayor of Williamson calls for Mingo County prosecutor to step down

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Mingo County, WV Prosecuting Attorney, Michael Sparks, attending the status hearing of Tennis Maynard, the man accused of killing Sheriff Eugene Crum. Mingo County, WV Prosecuting Attorney, Michael Sparks, attending the status hearing of Tennis Maynard, the man accused of killing Sheriff Eugene Crum.
WILLIAMSON, WV -

The former mayor of Williamson, WV calls on the current prosecuting attorney of Mingo County, WV to step down.

"Michael, step down and do what's right," said former mayor of Williamson, Charles West.

West ran against Michael Sparks in the last election.  West says Sparks should step down because of a ongoing federal investigation.

"Mr. Sparks needs to step down and at least save some semblance of integrity for that office," West said.  

About a week ago, Sparks admitted to having some knowledge of the accusations against Circuit Judge Michael Thornsbury.  Thornsbury is accused of having an affair with his secretary and trying to frame her husband for several crimes, including drug possession, larceny and assault.   Sparks defended his failure to report the alleged misconduct, saying he worked in an "intimidating environment".


West said he did run against Sparks for prosecutor.  He lost to him, but he said this call for resignation is not personal. 

West said, "The prosecutor has not properly responded to those instances that I think, are still hanging out there.  I'm not by myself when I call for his resignation."

A Mingo County Commission meeting is scheduled for next week.  West said more residents of Mingo County will be there to ask Sparks to step down. 

We did try to contact Sparks today for his response.  His secretary told us he was not in the office, and may not get the message until a later date.

Stay with 13 News for more on this developing story.