Texas Mayor Gets Probation In Snow Cone Stand Flap

BROWNSVILLE (December 20, 2012)—San Benito Mayor Joe Hernandez will serve a year of probation to resolve charges of a snow cone stand allegedly operating on his property in violation of city rules.

On Wednesday Hernandez agreed to join a pretrial diversion program for dismissal of a felony charge of tampering with evidence.

He wasn't required to enter a plea but must pay the $500 program fee.

Hernandez still faces a misdemeanor charge of abuse of official capacity if he fails to complete probation.

A grand jury in indicted Hernandez in October on charges he put an ordinance revision on a 2011 city council agenda that would benefit him.

He was also accused of trying to obscure evidence of the snow cone stand illegally operating on his property.