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EX-GOVERNOR OF W. VIRGINIA PLEADS GUILTY

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Former Gov. Arch Moore, for nearly two decades the state's most powerful politician, pleaded guilty Tuesday to extorting $500,000 from a coal company, tax and mail fraud and other corruption charges.

His guilty pleas came on the same day as West Virginia's primary election.As part of an agreement made last month with prosecutors, Moore pleaded guilty to five corruption felonies stemming from his third term as governor between 1985 and 1989.

Moore, 67, will be sentenced July 10 by Senior U.S. Judge Walter Hoffman of Virginia, who was assigned the case after West Virginia's federal judges asked to be excused. The maximum sentence is 36 years in prison and $1.2 million in fines.

Moore ignored a reporter's question about "apologizing to the voters" who elected him to three terms as governor, 12 years as a congressman and one term to the West Virginia House of Delegates.