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CHARLESTON, WV (AP) -

A Mingo County commissioner is due in federal court for a plea hearing on an extortion charge.

Federal prosecutors say David Baisden is expected to plead guilty Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Charleston.

The 66-year-old commissioner is accused of trying to buy tires for his personal vehicle at a government discount, then terminating the county's contract with Appalachian Tire when it refused to cooperate.

Mingo County Commissioner Greg "Hootie" Smith has said Baisden will resign from the commission as part of his plea deal.

Mingo County Circuit Judge Michael Thornsbury is expected to plead guilty Wednesday in a separate case in federal court. Prosecutors allege he conspired with others to imprison a man who had sold drugs to Sheriff Eugene Crum.

Crum died in April.

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