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Jan 7, 2014 10:30 AM

Former Mayor Pleads Guilty To Drug Charge

GRAYSON, Ky. (AP) - A former Eastern Kentucky mayor has received a two-year sentence for trafficking in marijuana.

The Independent (http://bit.ly/1dNE5mZ) reports 56-year-old Danny Sparks, who was mayor of Olive Hill when he was arrested in 2012, was in court Monday to learn his fate.

His attorney, Robin Webb of Grayson, requested probation for Sparks, but the judge denied it.

Judge Rebecca Phillips ordered Sparks to report to the Carter County Detention Center by Feb. 3 to begin serving his sentence.

When Sparks pleaded guilty last month to trafficking in marijuana within 1,000 yards of the school, he agreed to a two-year sentence and prosecutors agreed to "stand silent" on whether he should get probation.

"He has no prior criminal charges or convictions, so this is all new to him,"?Webb said. "He's disappointed and apprehensive, no doubt. He made a terrible mistake, and he has paid dearly for it."

She said she would seek shock probation after Sparks had served 30 days.

Sparks was arrested in November 2012 after selling marijuana to an undercover informant in a parking lot near an elementary school. He resigned as mayor - a post he had held since 2000 - a few days later.

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Information from: The Independent, http://www.dailyindependent.com

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