Former Walker aide reaches plea deal with prosecutors

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by Laura Matovina

MILWAUKEE COUNTY -- Timothy Russell is the last man standing in a probe that caught a handful of workers stealing or doing campaign work on public time.

His trial is supposed to start next week, but he may have swung a deal that will keep him away from a jury.

Russell will appear in Milwaukee County Court at 1:30 Thursday afternoon for a plea agreement with prosecutors.

He is one of six people charged in connection with the John Doe investigation.

The 49-year-old was Deputy Chief of Staff and Housing Director for then-Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker.

Russell faces two felony counts of theft and one misdemeanor theft charge.

He is accused of stealing more than $20,000 from a veterans group through a non-profilt that Walker assigned him to lead in 2010.

A few days ago, Gov. Walker said he was hoping the two and a half year long investigation would come to an end this week, but according to a judge overseeing the probe, it is not over yet.

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