Plea deal reached on felony embezzlement charges


WARM SPRINGS – The former Millboro fire chief pleaded guilty to five felony embezzlement charges in Bath County Circuit Court last Thursday.
Ernest Wayne Deel Jr., 44, was charged with 11 felony embezzlement counts; in a plea deal reached before his trial began, Deel agreed to plead guilty to five of them.
He will serve one year in prison and must repay BARC Electric Cooperative $125,000 in restitution.
Judge Ed Stein sentenced Deel to 10 years in prison – two years on each guilty count – and su...

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