Monticello Mayor Zack Tucker will go to trial in February if a plea agreement is not reached by January 17.

At an omnibus hearing on Monday, Tucker’s Monticello attorney Hani Hashem told Circuit Judge Bynum Gibson they were close to working out a plea agreement. Gibson gave them a January 17 deadine to work out an agreement. If a plea agreement is not reached by that date Tucker will go to trial the week of February 21.

Tucker was charged in September with a felony and a misdemeanor. He was charged with tampering with a public record, a felony punishable by a maximum six-year prison sentence and a maximum fine of $10,000. He was also charged with abuse of office, a misdemeanor punishable by a 90 days in jail and fine of $1,000.

Tucker is alleged to have knowingly made a false entry in a public record and committed an unauthorized act purporting to be an act of his office.

In October, Tucker waived his first appearance hearing and pleaded not guilty to both charges.

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