Plea offers haven't been accepted in criminal case against mayor, chief
SPRINGFIELD - Neither the mayor nor the police chief have accepted a weeks-old plea offer from the state in their ongoing felony case involving allegedly them covering up a DWI arrest.
The pair is accused of reducing charges of an April 2011 DWI to reckless operation. Both were arrested three years ago and face charges of obstruction, injuring public records, malfeasance and criminal conspiracy.
Several weeks ago, the Attorney General's office offered both Chief Jimmy Jones and Mayor Charles Martin deals that would allow them to plead to a misdemeanor and resign. Doing so would mean they would not be prosecuted for the felony charges they currently face.
The plea offers have not been accepted by either defendant, an AG spokesperson said Wednesday.
Jones goes to trial on April 28 and Martin will be in court June 15.
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