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September 25, 2013

Wife of W.Va. judge files for divorce

PRINCETON — A local family court judge will be presiding over the divorce of a Mingo County judge who had faced a federal conspiracy charge for trying to frame the husband of his former mistress.

Drema Thornsbury, wife of suspended Mingo County Circuit Judge Michael Thornsbury, filed for divorce earlier this month in Mingo County.

Following the filing, Judge Miki Thompson, of the Eighth Family Court Circuit, advised the Supreme Court that she wanted to recuse herself from the divorce proceeding, according to an administrative order entered by Chief Justice Brent Benjamin on Sept. 19.

According to the order, Benjamin found the recusal was warranted and assigned Judge Mary Ellen Griffith to preside over the divorce. Griffith is judge of the 12th Family Court Circuit, which includes Mercer and McDowell counties.

Thornsbury had faced federal charges for allegedly trying to frame the husband of his secretary after she broke off an affair with him. On Tuesday, prosecutors agreed to drop this conspiracy charge in exchange for a guilty plea in a second plot, in which Thornsbury allegedly conspired with the late Mingo County Sheriff Eugene Crum, who authorities say purchased drugs from sign maker George Ruben White. Prosecutors allege Crum hatched a scheme to imprison White rather than pay the businessman $3,000 he owed him.

— Contact Perry at sperry@bdtonline.com

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