ELKINS — A federal judge has rejected a proposed deal that would have allowed two county magistrates indicted on charges including fraud and obstruction of justice to avoid conviction if they met certain requirements.
News outlets report U.S. District Judge Thomas S. Kleeh said on Monday that he wouldn’t accept the proposed plea agreements because of the unique nature of the case and the involvement of public officials.
The proposed deal called for 47-year-old Roger D. Clem Jr. of Lewis County and 58-year-old Alton L. Skinner II of Gilmer County to resign and not hold public office again and would have dismissed the indictments if the two stayed out of legal trouble for a year.
The two magistrates allegedly took steps to provide more business for a bail bonding company, which Skinner’s spouse owned and Clem’s son worked for.
— from staff, wire reports