Former Bedford DA pleads guilty, avoids jail

Former Bedford County District Attorney William Higgins pleaded guilty Wednesday to charges accusing him of exchanging sexual favors for lenient sentences of female drug dealers and compromising the identities of numerous undercover informants among other allegations.

The plea bargain guarantees no incarceration, but supervision and fines are open and up to the court to decide.

Higgins was charged with 31 misdemeanor charges that include 11 counts of obstruction of law enforcement, nine counts of intimidation of a witness, six counts of hindering prosecution, three counts of recklessly endangering another person and two counts of official oppression.

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