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Former Mingo judge sentencing Monday in Charleston

CHARLESTON (AP) — A former Mingo County judge will be sentenced Monday afternoon on corruption charges.

Michael Thornsbury’s sentencing will take place at the federal courthouse in Charleston.

Thornsbury pleaded guilty last year to conspiring to deprive George White of his constitutional rights.

The conspiracy charge was related to a scheme to protect the late Sheriff Eugene Crum from illegal drug use accusations.

Federal sentencing guidelines call for 30 to 37 months in prison for the offense.

Federal prosecutors say Thornsbury should receive a lengthy sentence because he abused his power and damaged the county’s judicial system.

Thornsbury’s lawyers say he has cooperated with an ongoing federal corruption investigation in the county.

They say his wife divorced him, he lost his law license and pension, and someone burned down his parents’ home place.

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