ROCKY MOUNT, Va. — Former Franklin County Sheriff Ewell Hunt has been convicted of misconduct for failing to warn other authorities that one of his deputies planned to kill his ex-wife.

A Franklin County General District Court judge convicted Hunt Tuesday of misconduct by an elected official, a misdemeanor.

Media outlets report that Hunt must pay a $500 fine. A 30-day jail sentence was suspended.

The charge stems from Hunt’s handling of warnings that Deputy Jonathan Agee was driving his patrol car to Salem with a rifle intending to kill his ex-wife, Jennifer Agee, on Memorial Day 2011. Jonathan Agee is awaiting trial on charges of killing her and shooting a Virginia State Police sergeant during a chase.

Hunt told employees not to alert authorities, but he tried to call Salem officials and Agee.