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Sentencing set for former Mingo commissioner

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A former Mingo County commissioner who admitted to a federal extortion charge is set to find out whether he's heading to prison.

David Baisden pleaded guilty in October to trying to buy tires for his personal vehicle at a government discount in 2009, then terminating the county's contract with Appalachian Tire when it refused to cooperate.

Earlier this month, Baisden agreed to pay a total of $7,700 in restitution to Appalachian Tire and Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co.

The 66-year-old Delbarton resident is scheduled to be sentenced today in federal court in Charleston. He faces up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Baisden's attorney is asking for probation. Federal prosecutors are seeking a prison term between two and two-and-a-half years.



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