CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Pratt Mayor Gary Fields pleaded guilty Thursday to possessing illegal prescription drugs in a plea deal that will allow him to have the conviction expunged from his record.
In August, Fields was charged with simple drug possession after police found him with drugs for which he had no prescription.
On Wednesday, Fields' court-appointed attorney made a motion before Kanawha County Magistrate Joe Shelton to allow Fields to plead guilty under Section 4-407 of the state code. Kanawha County Assistant Prosecutor Dan Holstine said the code allows a person to plead guilty to the misdemeanor charge and later come back and ask to have the conviction expunged.
Shelton granted the motion and, on Thursday, Fields entered his guilty plea. Holstine said Assistant Prosecutor John Hardison, who handled Fields' case, objected to the agreement.
"We're not real thrilled about it," Holstine said.
Under the plea deal, Fields was sentenced to six months probation, after which the case will be dismissed, Holstine said. If Fields is not arrested for another six months after that, he can ask to have the conviction removed from his record.
Holstine said prosecutors will "wait and see" if Fields stays out of legal trouble.
In October, Norma Fields, the mayor's wife, was arrested for allegedly violating a protective order taken out by a city employee.