A Missouri legislator pleads guilty Friday after getting caught with marijuana in his car. Rep. Jeremy Lafaver, D-Kansas City, was arrested last month after a trooper stopped him on I-70 just west of Columbia. They found a small amount of marijuana, along with a glass pipe.
Lafaver came out of the courthouse and did answer some of ABC 17 New's questions. He said he publicly admitted his guilt the day after he was arrested. He claims he never even thought about fighting the charges. The representative said he doesn't have a problem, but did refuse to answer questions about his usage.
“I haven't used any marijuana today,” Lafaver said when asked about how long he had been using it.
Lafaver said he was glad this incident was in the past. He said he's still committed to the House and won't resign his seat. He said he made a bad choice and wants to work to repair his image.
Lafaver claims there wasn't a lot of marijuana in the car. He said he got it from an “acquaintance” in St. Louis. He said it was not a fellow legislator.
Lafaver has already resigned from his Democratic Victory Committee chair. He said he wants to run for re-election, but still has to discuss it with his family.
Lafaver's case is now done. His sentence was a fine of $400 and about $100 in court costs.
LaFaver was also fined $125 in Moniteau County for the vehicle registration charge.