- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 12, 2015

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) - Perris City Councilman Julio Rodriguez has pleaded guilty to a felony drug charge and has finally stepped down after resisting calls to resign his council seat.

The Riverside Press-Enterprise reports (https://bit.ly/1JDQQOM ) that as part of a plea deal, Rodriguez pleaded guilty to a sole count of furnishing methamphetamine on Monday.

In September, the 29-year-old was charged with felony possession of meth and two counts of furnishing the drug. He was also charged with two misdemeanors: being under the influence of meth and possession of a drug pipe.

The former councilman’s attorney has declined to speak until after Rodriguez’s May 15 sentencing.

Perris Mayor Daryl Busch says the council will have to call for a special election or appoint a replacement to fulfill the remainder of the term, which expires in 2016.


Information from: The Press-Enterprise, https://www.pe.com

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