Former Franklin County Sheriff Ewell Hunt has entered an Alford plea to a misconduct charge stemming from his actions before a deputy killed a woman. Hunt was accused of failing to warn other authorities that former Deputy Jonathan Agee planned to kill his ex-wife. Hunt acknowledged Thursday that he made mistakes on the day that Agee fatally shot Jennifer Agee in Roanoke in 2011.
Hunt entered his plea in Franklin County Circuit Court. An Alford plea means the defendant doesn’t admit guilt but acknowledges there’s enough evidence to convict. Hunt was convicted of the misdemeanor charge in General District Court but appealed to circuit court.
Under a plea agreement, the charge will be dismissed if Hunt doesn’t commit any other criminal offenses during the coming year.