Prosecutors want delay in sentencing for former Mingo County judge


Federal prosecutors want to delay the sentencing for a former Mingo County judge, according to documents filed in the U.S. Court in the Southern District of West Virginia.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Steven Ruby filed a motion Thursday to delay Michael Thornsbury's sentencing for at least 90 days.

A judge scheduled Thornsbury to be sentenced on January 13, 2014. The ex-judge pleaded guilty Oct.2 to conspiring to deprive a man of his constitutional rights.

(Former Mingo County circuit judge facing federal charges)

Prosecutors think Thornsbury could provide important information relating to their investigation, according to Ruby's motion.

"The United States does not anticipate that its investigation stemming from the Defendant's cooperation will be finished by Jan. 13, 2014," Ruby wrote. "And if a sentence of incarceration is imposed on Jan. 13, it could, depending on the Defendant's report date, hinder the Defendant's ability to confer with the United States while the investigation remains ongoing."

Thornsbury also "does not oppose" the idea, according to the document.

An information filed in federal claimed Thornsbury worked with Mingo County Commissioner Dave Baisden, and Prosecutor Michael Sparks to protect the late Sheriff Eugene Crum from a federal investigation.

Sparks resigned hours before he was charged for his involvement in a similar scheme. He pleaded guilty to depriving a man of his constitutional rights in November. Baisden pleaded guilty to an unrelated corruption charge in October.

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