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Key figure in US probe of WVa county due in court

November 30, 2013
Associated Press

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A central figure in the federal corruption investigation in Mingo County wants his guilty plea to drug charges dismissed.

The Charleston Gazette ( reports that George Reuben White of Delbarton will make the appeal Tuesday before Circuit Judge John Cummings. The office of Boone County Prosecuting attorney Keith Randolph confirmed the scheduled appearance.

Cummings released White from Huttonsville Correctional Center on Nov. 15 until he could consider White's petition.

Former Circuit Judge Michael Thornsbury sentenced White in May to up to 15 years in prison. White pleaded guilty on April 8 to delivery of oxycodone and possession of oxycodone and Morphine with an attempt to deliver.

Federal prosecutors say several former Mingo County officials hatched a scheme to protect former Sheriff Eugene Crum from revelations he'd bought drugs from White.


Information from: The Charleston Gazette,



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