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Feds Seek Delay in Ex-W.Va. Judge's Sentencing

Judge Michael Thornsbury

Federal prosecutors are seeking a delay in the sentencing of a former Mingo County circuit judge so they can have more time to investigate information he provided in a corruption probe.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Steve Ruby filed a motion Thursday asking a federal judge to delay Michael Thornsbury’s Jan. 13 sentencing by 90 days.

Ruby’s motion says prosecutors don’t anticipate their investigation stemming from Thornsbury’s cooperation will be finished by his sentencing date.

Thornsbury resigned in October before pleading guilty to conspiring to deprive campaign sign maker George White of his constitutional rights.
The charge states Thornsbury helped devise a scheme to keep White from talking to the FBI about allegedly providing Sheriff Eugene Crum with prescription pills. Crum was killed in April in an unrelated shooting.