9/19/2013 11:11 AM
by Nadine Grimley
WILLIAMSON - Federal prosecutors said Mingo County Circuit Judge Michael Thornsbury conspired with county commissioner David Baisden, local prosecutor Michael Sparks, and now-deceased sheriff Eugene Crum in stopping a confidential informant from telling the FBI information about his drug deals with the sheriff.
Thornsbury was charged Thursday with a count of conspiracy, the filing of an information suggested he's cooperating and may enter a guilty plea. He already faces separate corruption charges.
It's unclear whether Baisden and Sparks will be charged.
Ex-sheriff Crum died in April during a shooting unrelated to the conspiracy.