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Sentencing reset for ex-Mingo County prosecutor

CHARLESTON (AP) — Former Mingo County prosecutor Michael Sparks’ sentencing in a federal corruption case has been rescheduled a third time.

Court records show Sparks originally was set to be sentenced Feb. 24. The sentencing was pushed back to March 5 and then reset for Thursday.

Last Friday, U.S. District Judge Thomas E. Johnston rescheduled Sparks’ sentencing again. He’s now scheduled to be sentenced June 16 in U.S. District Court in Charleston.

Sparks pleaded guilty in 2013 to depriving campaign sign maker George White of his constitutional rights.

Prosecutors say Sparks and former Mingo County Circuit Court Judge Michael Thornsbury kept White from talking to the FBI about the late Sheriff Eugene Crum. Crum was killed in an unrelated shooting in April 2013.

Thornsbury’s sentencing is set for June 9.

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