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Ex-Waco official gets probation for vehicle scheme

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A Central Texas county official has been sentenced to five years' probation for trading a county-owned truck for thousands less than its value so his friend could buy it.

Jurors deliberated about three hours Wednesday before recommending the sentence for former McLennan County Tax Assessor-Collector Buddy Skeen.

The Waco Tribune-Herald reports the judge also ordered Skeen to spend six months in jail and pay a $10,000 fine.

Skeen interrupted jury selection for his trial Tuesday when he pleaded guilty to misapplying county resources. Authorities say Skeen traded in county-owned trucks for thousands less than their value, passing the savings to other employees or their relatives.

Skeen was in office for 23 years before resigning Tuesday. He could have been sentenced to up to two years in a state jail.

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