White seeks prison release pending petition
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A Delbarton man convicted of selling drugs to a sheriff is seeking his release from prison until a judge hears a petition in his case.
The attorney for George White filed a motion in Mingo County Circuit Court in October. Ronald Rumora asks for White’s release from Huttonsville Correctional Center until the yet-unfiled petition is decided. A visiting judge appointed to White’s case hasn’t ruled on the motion.
Former circuit judge Michael Thornsbury sentenced White in May to up to 15 years in prison.
Thornsbury resigned a month ago and pleaded guilty in a scheme to protect Sheriff Eugene Crum from revelations he’d bought drugs from White. Crum was killed in April in an unrelated shooting.
Special prosecutor Keith Randolph tells The Charleston Gazette he hasn’t reviewed White’s case.
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