Former Sheriff Pleads Guilty to Reduced Charge 

A former Washington County sheriff and retired state trooper has agreed to a plea deal.Joe Tibbetts, 61, of Columbia was facing a felony charge of criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon.Authorities say Tibbetts stopped a family of four driving on the Barrens Road in Columbia last August, and showed a gun.The family left the area and called 9-1-1.In court Monday, Tibbetts pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of threatening display of a dangerous weapon.Tibbets was allowed to defer his sentence for one year.During that time, he’ll remain free on bail.Tibbetts must stay away from the victims in the case, not carry a concealed weapon, and perform community service, among other conditions of his plea agreement.