Former Hill Co. Sheriff takes plea deal, gets probation - KXXV Central Texas News Now

Former Hill Co. Sheriff takes plea deal, gets probation

HILLSBORO, TX (KXXV) -

A former Hill County Sheriff took a plea deal Thursday after the state dropped three of the four charges against him.  

Michael Cox pleaded guilty to one charge of tampering with a government record and got four years probation.  In addition, he has to pay a $3,000 fine and will lose his law enforcement certification.

He was indicted in March on four charges stemming from accusations he coerced a subordinate into taking his online exam to get his telecommunicator's license in 2014.

Leroy Rodriguez, a former captain with the sheriff's office, and former Chief Deputy Mark Wilson were also charged in the incident.  Both pleaded guilty to lesser charges and cooperated with investigators. 
        

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