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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. He could have faced up to six years on the original aggravated assault charge.
According to the victim, Bates entered Cash and Dash on North Chancery Street and demanded to know the whereabouts of his wife. The victim, an employee at the business, did not tell him where she was and he left for a short time.
“He went out to his vehicle and came back with a gun,” the woman testified during preliminary hearing.
The victim said Bates then pulled back the slide on the gun and released it as if to chamber a round. Police say he was trying to intimidate the victim into telling him where his wife was. However, the victim refused.
Unable to get information, Bates left without harming the victim. She contacted police and Bates was stopped. He was fired as a deputy shortly after the incident.