Ex-Mingo commissioner’s prison sentence delayed until June

By Staff reports

A judge said this week that a former Mingo County commissioner battling prostate cancer could wait until June to report to prison.

David L. Baisden was sentenced in January to 20 months in prison after he pleaded guilty to an extortion charge.

Baisden, 67, of Delbarton, was to report to authorities Friday. However, on Thursday evening, U.S. District Court Judge John Copenhaver approved Baisden’s request to delay his sentence until June 13. Prosecutors didn’t object to the delay.

According to the motion filed by Baisden’s attorney Jim Cagle last month, Baisden is undergoing radiation therapy five times a week.

Baisden pleaded guilty to an extortion charge last year, admitting he demanded Appalachian Tire sell him tires for his personal vehicle at a discounted price only available for government vehicles.

When the company refused, Baisden -- who also was Mingo County’s purchasing agent -- steered the county’s contract to a different company. The move cost Appalachian Tire thousands of dollars, federal prosecutors have said. Baisden has agreed to pay restitution.

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