Friday, May 6, 2011

Lawman pleads guilty

Not a great way to end your law enforcement career.

Bandera sheriff ousted over abuse of office
Plea deal lets him avoid jail for personal use of county boat.
By Zeke MacCormack

BANDERA — Bandera County Sheriff Weldon Tucker avoided jail but must surrender his peace officer license under a sentencing agreement that saw him plead guilty Thursday to a felony charge of abuse of official capacity for misusing the county's rescue boat.

He also was required to resign as sheriff and to pay a $1,000 fine and $1,500 restitution under the pact, negotiated with Assistant Attorney General David Glickler and approved by state District Judge Steve Ables.

Tucker received two years of deferred adjudication, meaning no conviction will result if he completes the term of probation. He declined to comment after the hearing.