GRAYSON, Kentucky — The former mayor of a small eastern Kentucky city has pleaded guilty to a drug trafficking charge.
The Independent (http://bit.ly/1bdweNC) of Ashland reports Danny Sparks entered the plea Monday in Carter County Circuit Court to a felony charge of marijuana trafficking.
Sparks, 56, resigned as mayor of Olive Hill in late 2012 shortly after being arrested.
His attorney, Robin Webb, said terms of the plea deal call for prosecutors to recommend a two-year sentence and "stand silent" on whether Sparks should receive probation.
Police say Sparks was arrested Nov. 28, 2012 after he sold marijuana to an undercover informant in a parking lot near Olive Hill Elementary School.
Webb said Sparks has no past criminal record and is a good candidate for probation. She said she originally sought diversion, which would have expunged Sparks' record in five years if he had no other convictions, but prosecutors wouldn't agree to that.
She said Sparks "hated to take a felony" but was dealing with personal issues and was anxious to get the matter behind him.
Sentencing was set for Jan. 6.
Information from: The Independent, http://www.dailyindependent.com