Two more former Mingo County officials will soon plead guilty as the federal investigation into political corruption in the area continues.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Steve Ruby filed a motion Monday in U.S. District Court to schedule guilty plea hearings for former county prosecutor Michael Sparks and former magistrate Dallas "Big Dal" Toler.
A plea hearing date had not been set as of Monday afternoon.
Toler stands charged with illegally registering a known felon to vote in the 2012 election. According to an information filed Oct. 9, Toler registered a man he knew was on probation for a felony conviction to vote in April 2012.
The former magistrate resigned his position the day the information was filed. State Supreme Court Chief Justice Brent Benjamin appointed Kim Blair, a senior status magistrate from Putnam County, to fill Toler's seat temporarily. She was set to start working in Williamson on Monday.
Sparks, the former prosecutor, was charged with deprivation of civil rights after he allegedly conspired with others to impede an FBI investigation into then-Sheriff Eugene Crum, according to a separate information filed Oct. 9. He resigned days after the information was filed. Teresa Maynard was appointed to replace him.
According to court documents, Sparks conspired with Crum, former Mingo Commissioner David Baisden and former Circuit Court Judge Michael Thornsbury to coerce George White, who was facing a drug charge, to fire his attorney, Charles West, and hire an attorney they approved.
White ran a sign business in Delbarton where he sold Crum campaign signs and bumper stickers for the 2012 sheriff election. He also supplied Crum with drugs during his time as a magistrate, a recently unsealed search warrant revealed.