Convicted McLennan County Tax Assessor Taken To State Jail

By: Paul J. Gately Email
By: Paul J. Gately Email
Former McLennan County Tax Assessor-Collector A.F. "Buddy" Skeen was transferred to a state jail Friday to finish out his sentence after pleading guilty to misapplication of fiduciary property.

A.F. "Buddy" Skeen in court last month. (File)

WACO (October 12, 2012)--Convicted former tax assessor-collector A.F. "Buddy" Skeen was transferred Friday to a state jail in Dallas County to serve the remainder of his 180-day sentence after pleading guilty to misapplication of fiduciary property.

State District Judge Matt Johnson accepted a series of guilty pleas from Skeen in September and placed him on probation, but ordered Skeen to serve 180 days in state jail as a condition of that probation.

Unlike state prison where inmates can earn good time, sentences in state jails are served day-for-day, but Skeen will be given credit for time already served in county jail.

Skeen already had three days credit when he went into custody on Sept. 28, so accounting for days served since then, he should have 165 days left to serve.

On Sept. 28, Skeen pleaded guilty to using a false name, providing false information and forgery on one count and theft by a public servant on another count.

Skeen was sentenced to serve five years probation on the theft charge and 10 years probation on the false name and forgery charge.

Those terms will run concurrently with his earlier sentence.

Skeen also was fined a total of $2,000 and ordered to pay about $13,000 in restitution.

Thomas West, Skeen's lawyer, said Skeen would receive his county retirement in full.

He pleaded guilty Sept. 19 to misapplication of fiduciary property, a state jail felony, and then asked that a jury decide punishment.

The jury decided on a maximum two-year jail term, a $10,000 fine and five years probation but District Judge Matt Johnson suspended the prison term and ordered Skeen to serve 180 days in state jail, followed by five years probation.

He also ordered Skeen to perform 400 hours of community service.

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