- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 15, 2015

HILLSBORO, Texas (AP) - A fired Hill County sheriff’s deputy must serve probation for stealing $560 listed as evidence and deleting computer records about the money.

Ex-Deputy Alan Markwardt of Bynum was sentenced Tuesday to five years of probation, fined $1,000 and must surrender his peace officer’s license.

Markwardt was fired in December amid the investigation, charged in January and pleaded guilty to theft, tampering with or fabricating physical evidence and tampering with a governmental record.

The money was seized in 2013 in a criminal case. The theft surfaced when a person presented a receipt for return of the money, but no records were found on the confiscated funds.

Markwardt was fired by his son-in-law, Sheriff Michael Cox, who’s been suspended since April after being charged with records tampering related to law enforcement certification.

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