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West Texas US marshal resigns after firing threatened

The marshal for the U.S. Western District of Texas has left office after the Justice Department warned that he would be fired for misusing his office if he didn't resign.

A Justice Department spokesman on Thursday said only that Robert Almonte was no longer employed by the department. Spokesman Patrick Rodenbush wouldn't comment on the circumstances of Almonte's departure.

However, the El Paso Times reported that a Tuesday email from a top Justice Department official to Almonte's attorney said that Almonte would be placed on administrative leave for the purpose of terminating him if he didn't resign by 10 a.m. Thursday.

The Justice Department said in January said that an investigation had found Almonte had violated a number of polices.

Almonte and his attorney didn't return calls seeking comment Thursday.