If all goes according to plan, Oct. 2 could be a turning point in the bizarre and apparently corrupt world of West Virginia’s Mingo County.
On that day, Judge Michael Thornsbury, who was the county’s sole circuit court justice for more than 15 years, is set to to admit his role in hatching a plot with other local officials to thwart an FBI investigation into allegations involving the local sheriff’s drug habit.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Federal investigators will soon send information concerning Mingo County Prosecutor Michael Sparks to a grand jury, according to a filing from the Office of Disciplinary Counsel.
Information is typically sent to a grand jury when a prosecutor is seeking an indictment.
“By his own admissions against his own interest, (Sparks) has admitted to his involvement and knowledge of the conspiracies as outlined in the Thornsbury Indictment and the Thornsbury Information to both the United States Attorney and the Special Agent of the Federal Bureau of Investigation,” states a petition the office filed with the state Supreme Court Wednesday afternoon.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Mingo Circuit Judge Michael Thornsbury will plead guilty to charges of trying to thwart an FBI drug investigation of then-Sheriff Eugene Crum, according to information filed in federal court today.
In exchange, federal investigators will drop charges against the judge stemming from his alleged attempts to frame the husband of an ex-lover.