Former Panola sheriff enters guilty plea

CARTHAGE/PANOLA COUNTY (KYTX) - Former Panola County Sheriff Ron Clinton pled guilty today to tampering with a government document, his attorney said this afternoon.

Longview attorney David Moore said Clinton entered a guilty plea, but Judge Diane DeVasto withheld a finding a guilt, and sentenced Clinton to three years' probation.

Under the agreement, Clinton voluntarily surrendered his peace officer's license, but it also resolves any other state or federal criminal complaints against him, Moore said. Clinton will also repay the county $1,000 in restitution.

Clinton was elected sheriff in November and was sworn into office Jan. 1, but he was arrested in February, after local authorities charged him with tampering with a government record, abuse of official capacity and theft by a public servant.


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