Nov. 6, 2013 —
Ison said he had offered a plea agreement in the case which had been rejected. He indicated that no other offers had been made.
FADE arrested Sparks in November 2012 for trafficking marijuana within 1,000 yards of a school, a Class D felony. He stepped down as mayor shortly after his arrest.
Sparks was indicted on the charge Feb. 8, 2013, but very little about the FADE investigation is known since Webb waived a preliminary hearing in Carter District Court, which sent the case straight to the grand jury.
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