OLYMPIA, Wash. — Attorneys have filed paperwork indicating that on April 26, former Olympia City Councilman Joe Hyer will plead guilty to one count of felony unlawful delivery of a controlled substance — with no enhancement for the alleged crime occurring in a school zone, as had been originally charged.
The one-page order filed Monday in Thurston County Superior Court states that "(t)he parties stipulate that this case has been settled by a negotiated plea of guilty...," and was signed by Hyer's attorney Ken Valz and Thurston County Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Scott Jackson.
Hyer, 37, was arrested at his home in February by detectives with the Thurston County Narcotics Task Force after a confidential informant wearing a wire purchased marijuana from Hyer twice during controlled buys in February, court papers state. Both of the alleged marijuana purchases occurred at Hyer's home, according to court papers.
Hyer, who announced his resignation from the city council on Friday, was subsequently charged with two counts of unlawful delivery of a controlled substance, to wit, marijuana; and one count of possession of marijuana with intent to distribute.
All three of the original charges carried potential enhancements for allegedly occurring in a school zone. The school zone enhancements could have increased Hyer's potential jail time, if he'd been found guilty of the crimes.
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