Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

WV State News

October 10, 2013

W.Va. county prosecutor charged in scandal resigns

CHARLESTON — A prosecutor charged in a widespread federal investigation in a southern West Virginia county is resigning.

Mingo County prosecutor Michael Sparks says in a resignation letter released to media outlets that his resignation is effective at 11:59 p.m. Thursday.

Sparks’ lawyer, Kent Varney, tells media outlets that the prosecutor also will surrender his law license.

Sparks was charged Wednesday in a federal information with conspiracy. He’s accused of participating in a scheme to protect Mingo County Sheriff Eugene Crum from revelations the sheriff had bought drugs from a campaign sign-maker.

Crum was killed in April in an unrelated shooting.

Sparks says in his letter that he made a mistake in judgment and he accepts the consequences. He says his attempt to protect Crum’s reputation and drug enforcement efforts was unjustifiable.

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