Waco ISD superintendent agrees to plea deal with Robertson County DA

Marcus Nelson. (Jail photo)
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ROBERTSON COUNTY, Tex. (KBTX)- Waco ISD Superintendent A. Marcus Nelson has entered a plea agreement that could have his misdemeanor marijuana charge dismissed if he completes a 90-day diversion program.

"That's a common option we offer to offenders who have cooperated and have no criminal history," said District Attorney Coty Siegert. "If he goes 90 days without any problems, his charge will be dismissed."

Nelson was also ordered to pay a $500 fine as part of the deal. The agreement was signed Friday morning, said Siegert.

Nelson was arrested by a DPS trooper earlier this month in Robertson County following a traffic stop on U.S. 190 south of Hearne.

Troopers say Nelson was driving his 2007 GMC Yukon in the left lane of the highway and not passing other vehicles.

"During the stop, the trooper smelled marijuana and conducted a search of the vehicle," said DPS spokesman Sgt. Jimmy Morgan.

He was charged with possession of marijuana less than 2 ounces and was released 12 hours later, on his own recognizance, according to online records.