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Federal judge delays start of sentence for former Mingo County commissioner David Baisden


CHARLESTON, West Virginia — A former Mingo County commissioner who is battling prostate cancer can wait two more months to begin serving a sentence on an extortion conviction.

The Charleston Gazette ( reports a federal judge in Charleston approved David Baisden's request Thursday to delay the start of his sentence until June 13. The 67-year-old Delbarton resident was supposed to report on Friday.

Baisden's attorney, Jim Cagle, had said in a motion that Baisden is undergoing radiation therapy five times a week.

Baisden was sentenced in January to more than a year and a half in prison. He pleaded 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.

Information from: The Charleston Gazette,

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