- Associated Press - Friday, March 17, 2017

ELKO, Nev. (AP) - A former Elko County undersheriff accused of misusing a county credit card has agreed to a plea deal with prosecutors that’s expected to keep him out of jail.

Rick Keema pleaded no contest in district court on Thursday to one count of conspiracy to commit theft by misappropriation.

The Elko County Daily Free Press reports (http://tinyurl.com/lykaakt ) that in exchange for his plea, lawyers on both sides expect Keema to receive a suspended sentenced and probation at his sentencing before Judge Nancy Porter on June 26.

Keema was accused of charging more than $3,000 in personal expenses to the county credit card.

Deputy District Attorney David Buschler says Keema would be fined $2,000 as part of his probation.

His lawyer, David Lockie, says he would be subject to 30 days in jail if he violates terms of his probation.

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Information from: Elko Daily Free Press, http://www.elkodaily.com

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