By Kyle Lovern
September 18, 2013
The suspended Circuit Judge allegedly had an affair with Kim Woodruff, who was employed as his secretary and then when she broke off the relationship, he became angry and vengeful and allegedly schemed in a number of ways with various other people to put her husband, Robert Woodruff, behind bars to clear the pathway for the relationship to rekindle.
The indictment includes allegations that Thornsbury manipulated a grand jury by putting Jarrod Fletcher, a friend and business partner who was also the Director of Mingo County Homeland Security and Emergency Services, in charge of the proceedings. He was also charged with trying to have his close friend, Jeff Cline, plant drugs on his romantic rival. He is accused of persuading an assistant prosecutor to wrongfully charge him with assault when the investigation showed that that man was actually a victim. These crimes were said to have spanned over a four-year period, from 2008 until 2012.
Thornsbury allegedly got West Virginia State Police trooper Brandon Moore involved in the plot. Moore is currently suspended. He was serving at the Williamson detachment at the time of the alleged wrongdoings.
There is no word yet on the definite amount of time Thornsbury will spend behind bars, but those close to the situation has stated that they have heard it may possibly be 36 months.