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.