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This story has been corrected to show the plea agreement has not been finalized in the 355th District Court.

A plea bargain in the felony case against Barry Minoff, the former chief deputy constable in Precinct 4, is on the table in the 355th District Court in Hood County, court records show.

Minoff was indicated for misapplication of judiciary property, a first-degree felony. He is accused of wagering about $300,000 on gambling games between January 2015 and September 2017. The money, authorities said, belonged to the North Texas Justices of the Peace and Constables Association, of which Minoff was the treasurer and Burch was the president during the time period of the indictment.

Minoff worked under Precinct 4 Constable Timothy Burch, who refused to fire Minoff after he was indicted on the charge in 2018. Denton County commissioners at the time defunded Minoff’s chief deputy constable position as Burch decried Minoff’s charges openly.

Minoff and his attorneys have at least until Feb. 28 to respond in the 355th District Court in Hood County. The judge can still reject the offer.

A call and email to the Hood County District Attorney Ryan Sinclair did not return calls asking about the Denton Record-Chronicle's attempt at obtaining the agreement. Minoff attorney Justin Sparks did not return a call asking about the plea agreement Friday.

DALTON LAFERNEY can be reached at 940-566-6882 and via Twitter at @daltonlaferney.

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