The attorney for a suspended Mingo County judge says his client has resigned from the bench.
Federal prosecutors say Circuit Judge Michael Thornsbury is expected to plead guilty to a conspiracy charge Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Charleston.
Attorney Steve Jory tells The Associated Press that Thornsbury submitted a resignation letter to the state Supreme Court. Thornsbury also has consented to disbarment in a letter to the state Office of Disciplinary Counsel.
Thornsbury is accused of participating in a scheme to protect the reputation of Mingo County Sheriff Eugene Crum from revelations he’d bought drugs from a campaign sign-maker.
Prosecutors allege Thornsbury and others offered a lighter sentence if the man fired his lawyer and hired one they preferred.
Crum died in April in an unrelated shooting.