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Former deputy avoids jail time for gun threat
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A former sheriff’s deputy who pulled a gun on his wife’s co-worker while trying to find out his wife’s whereabouts will avoid jail time.The former Van Buren County deputy, Travis Bates, 26, was granted a one-year judicial diversion on the reduced charge of reckless endangerment with a deadly weapon. He will be on probation for one year and be required to undergo anger management. He will also have to surrender his gun and must stay away from the victim in the case.The diversion means he can have his criminal record erased after he completes his year on probation.