Former Hill Co. Sheriff takes plea deal, gets probation

Posted at 11:19 PM, Nov 05, 2015
and last updated 2015-11-06 00:19:15-05

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.