Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

WV State News

October 1, 2013

Mingo Co. commissioner pleads guilty to extortion

CHARLESTON — A Mingo County commissioner has pleaded guilty to a federal extortion charge.

David Baisden entered the plea Tuesday in federal court in Charleston.

Baisden faces up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Sentencing is set for Jan. 14, 2014.

The 66-year-old Baisden was accused of trying to buy tires for his personal vehicle at a government discount, then terminating the county’s contract with Appalachian Tire when it refused to cooperate.

Under the plea agreement, Baisden must resign from the commission.

Mingo County Circuit Judge Michael Thornsbury is expected to plead guilty Wednesday in a separate federal case. Prosecutors allege he conspired with others to imprison a man who had sold drugs to Sheriff Eugene Crum. Crum died in April in an unrelated shooting

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