By Rachel Dove
WILLIAMSON - In an effort to continue his radiation treatment for prostate cancer while he is still a free man, former Mingo County Commissioner David Baisden has asked a federal judge to delay the date that he begins serving his sentence.
Baisden, 67, of Delbarton, pleaded guilty to charges of extortion, and in January had received a sentence of 20 months in federal prison, which he was due to begin serving on April 4.
Last week, his attorney, Jim Cagle, entered a request on his client’s behalf to U.S. District Court Judge John Copenhaver asking to postpone his reporting date until June 9, in order to continue the cancer treatment with the physician and at the facility where he is currently being treated. The motion states that Baisden is undergoing radiation therapy five times a week.
During the plea hearing that took place last October, the former commissioner admitted that he tried to force Appalachian Tire to sell him tires for his personal vehicle at a discounted price equal to that offered for government vehicles. After they refused, Baisden is said to have severed the county’s contract with the business and entered an agreement with another local company. This occurred while Baisden served in the capacity of purchasing agent for Mingo County. This act resulted in the loss of thousands of dollars for the owners of Appalachian Tire.
Baisden resigned from office after entering the guilty plea in federal court and was replaced by interim Commissioner Mike Carter, who is seeking that office in the May primary election. Carter is being challenged by Mingo County Clerk “Big Jim” Hatfield.