(WBIR - Knoxville, TN) A State Department of Corrections review finds that judicial diversion could be an option for John Duncan, III and it's a move that could be decided Thursday.
A judge is scheduled to rule Thursday morning on Duncan's request.
Duncan pleaded guilty to a felony charge of official misconduct and resigned as Knox County Trustee in July. The charge stems from bonuses he paid out to himself and several employees for educational courses they never completed.
A judge sentenced him to up to a year of unsupervised probation.
Duncan does not have a prior criminal history, and he's applied for judicial diversion. If it's granted, the charge could be dropped if he keeps a clean record for two years.
A recent review by the state department of corrections finds Duncan is considered a "low risk" to violate his probation. The officer who conducted the review determined Duncan is likely to complete the requirements for diversion successfully.
10News plans to be in court and will keep you updated on any developments.