Federal investigators say after Crum learned of White's discussions with the FBI, he went to others for help. Crum and Mingo County Prosecuting Attorney Michael Sparks told Thornsbury about White's conversation with the FBI, according to the information.
Along with Mingo Commissioner Dave Baisden and others, the men allegedly told White's brother Glen White if the arrested White changed attorneys, he would get a better deal from the judge.
White switched to a different attorney - considered a political ally of Thornsbury and Sparks - and received a lighter sentence, according to federal investigators.
Crum's family denies the late sheriff's involvement in the allegations.
Baisden has already agreed to plead guilty to charges in a different federal case. Baisden, as the county's purchasing agent, reportedly tried to extort the county tire provider in an attempt to get a discount on tires for a personal vehicle. The date for his plea is also not officially set yet.
The Supreme Court is currently deciding whether to suspend Sparks' law license. The Office of Disciplinary Counsel began investigating Sparks in August. After the information was filed in September, the office asked the court to immediately suspend Sparks' license until it completed its investigation.
Sparks denies any wrongdoing, saying the sentence was on par with other similar offenses and accuses the judge of throwing him under the bus. He and his attorney Lonnie Simmons filed two separate petitions to the high court that they believe show Sparks is innocent.
A spokeswoman for the Supreme Court originally said she thought the court could make its decision last week. After Sparks' second petition, the court announced the Office of Disciplinary Counsel has until 9:30 a.m. Thursday to respond. The court won't decide in the case until after the deadline.
In the meantime, Sparks has asked to be disqualified from the case against the man who allegedly shot Crum.
Tennis Maynard is accused of shooting the sheriff in April while he sat in his car in downtown Williamson. Sparks said recently new information he's learned would make it impossible for him to adequately prosecute the case. He recently told the Daily Mail that some of the details in the information led him to decide it was better to be recused.
Kanawha County prosecutors will take over the prosecution of the case, the West Virginia Prosecuting Attorneys Institute announced Tuesday.
Thornsbury could still face further legal action. Last week an attorney for private investigator Donald Stevens notified the Supreme Court he plans to file a lawsuit against Thornsbury.
Stevens accuses Thornsbury, Sparks and other officials of conspiring to arrest him because they thought he was investigating the judge. Stevens said he was arrested, and forced to sign an agreement that dropped all the charges if he agreed to move his business out of Williamson, according to the notice he filed with the high court.
Stevens alleges Thornsbury violated his civil rights, and will seek the maximum $1 million settlement allowed by state liability insurance, according to the notice.