Former Mingo County Commissioner Sentenced to Prison

A former Mingo County commissioner has been sentenced to more than a year in prison on a federal extortion charge. David Baisden received a 20-month sentence Wednesday after pleaning guilty in October to trying to buy tires for his personal vehicle at a government discount in 2009, then terminating the county's contract with Appalachian Tire when it refused to cooperate. Earlier this month, Baisden agreed to pay a total of $7,700 in restitution to Appalachian Tire and Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. Baisden's attorney had asked for probation. Federal prosecutors sought a prison term between two and two-and-a-half years. Baisden must turn himself at 2 p.m. April 4.