Feds indict 2 more in W.Va. in widespread county scandal; prosecutor, magistrate face charges

Federal prosecutors have charged two more Mingo County, W.Va., officials in a widespread investigation that already has brought down a judge and county commissioner.

Prosecutor Michael Sparks was charged Wednesday in a scheme to protect the reputation of the county sheriff who was slain in an unrelated shooting.

In a separate case, prosecutors charged Magistrate Dallas Toler with illegally registering a felon to vote in 2012. Toler resigned earlier Wednesday.

Both were charged in a document called an information, signaling that they are cooperating with prosecutors.

Sparks is accused in a scheme to protect former Sheriff Eugene Crum from revelations he'd bought drugs from a campaign sign-maker.

Former Circuit Judge Michael Thornsbury pleaded guilty to the same scheme last week. Another official pleaded guilty to extortion.