- Associated Press - Monday, April 17, 2017

WATFORD CITY, N.D. (AP) - A former McKenzie County sheriff’s deputy accused of lying to state investigators has a potential agreement with prosecutors to resolve the case.

Court Clerk Jodee Lawlar says a recent court filing indicating Michael Schmitz was preparing to change his not guilty plea was in error, but that Schmitz’s trial has still been canceled due to the pending agreement.

Schmitz was to stand trial next month on two misdemeanor counts for allegedly lying to investigators in 2015 about prescription pill use and his role in a divorce and domestic violence case. The charges carry a maximum total sentence of two years in prison.

Schmitz was fired by the sheriff in late December, right before he was to appear before the County Commission for a hearing over alleged bullying and retaliatory behavior.

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