WILLIAMSON - Wednesday afternoon, a second member of “Team Mingo” resigned from office amidst a federal investigation that has to date, removed a Circuit Judge, a county commissioner and a magistrate from office.
C. Michael Sparks, who has served as Mingo County Prosecuting Attorney since 2005 and was an assistant prosecutor for that office for three years prior to being elected to office has relinquished that seat, per a resignation letter he submitted to the WV Supreme Court that will become effective at 11:59 p.m., Thursday night. The resignation reads as follows, in its entirety:
“I hereby tender my resignation as Mingo County Prosecuting Attorney, effective at 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013.”
“Our hard work and dedication to the cause of justice during my tenure as Mingo County Prosecuting Attorney resulted in an unprecedented number of felony convictions and 100% trial conviction rate in murder and drug cases. Our commitment to children was exemplified by the prosecution of an unparalleled number of child abuse and neglect cases.”
“Recently, our voluntary substantial assistance in the federal investigation was instrumental in bringing Michael Thornsbury to justice.”
“Regrettably, I made a mistake in judgment and now accept the consequences. My attempt to prevent potential injury to the reputation and drug enforcement efforts of the late Sheriff Eugene Crum was unjustifiable. The end should never justify the means in criminal justice.”
“I have been blessed beyond measure with the prayers, encouragement and support of family and friends. Life rarely goes according to plan. However, God’s unfailing grace and love shines brightest when we are most vulnerable.”
“For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known.” 1 Corinthians 13:12 (ESV).”
“It has been an honor and privilege to serve as Mingo County Prosecuting Attorney. I now look forward with great anticipation to God’s future plan and purpose for me and my family.”
Speculation is that Sparks will be indicted by the grand jury but the exact charges or plea offer are unknown at this time. The Williamson Daily News will release information regarding this matter to the public as soon as it is released.