Thursday, July 30, 2015
Representative pleads guilty to DWI charge, blames Nixon
Hinson said the plea was the best option he had out of three presented to him by Boone County Prosecuting Attorney Todd Richardson.
He blamed Gov. Nixon's administration and publicity from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch for his guilty plea.
From the Columbia Tribune:
He waived formal arraignment and pleaded guilty to the misdemeanor charge filed Wednesday. Sodergren accepted the deal struck between Hinson’s attorney and Cole County Prosecuting Attorney Mark Richardson to pay a fine of $500 plus court costs.
“He gave me basically three options, and that was the best of the three evils,” Hinson said of Richardson. He did not say what the other possible charges being discussed were.
“The other options were worse,” Hinson said. “You had people from the administration that was pushing for the worse options.”
The accident came to light July 20 when the St. Louis Post-Dispatch obtained a copy of the accident report. “Once that came out, there was a whole lot of pressure put on to do something,” Hinson said.