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Ex-Mingo Prosecutor Sentenced to One Year in Prison, Additional Supervision
Former Mingo County prosecutor Michael Sparks has been sentenced to a year in prison after pleading guilty in a federal corruption case.
Sparks was sentenced Monday afternoon in U.S. District Court in Charleston. In addition to his time behind bars, he was sentenced to a year of supervised release.
Sparks pleaded guilty in 2013 to depriving campaign sign maker George White of his constitutional rights.
Prosecutors say Sparks participated in a scheme to protect the late Sheriff Eugene Crum from accusations that the sheriff bought prescription painkillers from White.
Sparks' attorney had asked U.S. District Judge Thomas Johnston for an alternative sentence like community service.