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Vicky McIntyre, former Ada County treasurer, appears in court during a preliminary hearing at the Ada County Courthouse, Monday, Oct. 29.

BOISE — The former Ada County treasurer accused of misuse of public funds reached a plea agreement with prosecutors Friday morning while sitting in court before a judge called her case.

The trial of Vicky McIntyre was scheduled to begin Tuesday. She was initially charged with seven counts of misuse of public funds in July in connection with purchases she made at a professional conference in Las Vegas last year.

Last fall, a judge dismissed four of those counts, but she still faced three criminal charges. According to prosecutors, she spent $327.27 on personal purchases in March 2018, but she told investigators she believed they were work-related at the time. During her October preliminary hearing, McIntyre’s attorney asserted the purchases, which included tickets to a Vegas Golden Knights hockey game and a ride on a Ferris wheel, were networking and team-building opportunities.

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The charges she faced were felonies, but in court Friday, Deputy Attorney General Jessica Kuehn, who is prosecuting the case, said McIntyre would plead guilty to a misdemeanor.

“We just reached this (agreement) this morning, your honor, while we were in court,” Kuehn told 4th District Court Judge Melissa Moody.

The agreement is not yet a public document, and Kuehn did not say what charge McIntyre agreed to plead guilty to. Moody scheduled another hearing in the case for July 17, so McIntyre could formally enter that plea.

Tommy Simmons is the Ada County public safety reporter for the Idaho Press. Follow him on Twitter @tsimmonsipt

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