CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Zachary Jones, son of Charleston Mayor Danny Jones, entered into a plea agreement Monday morning in Kanawha Circuit Court to avoid his case going to trial.
Jones entered a guilty plea to simple possession of cocaine and felony charges were dropped, said Jesse Forbes, one of his attorneys.
"Zac had a long-term struggle with drug addiction," Forbes said. "He said from the first that he had been using cocaine. We were almost ready for jury selection before the plea agreement was reached."
Forbes cited a lack of evidence to support felony charges that Jones intended to sell drugs.
Jones was arrested in March and charged with possession with intent to deliver cocaine. He was released from jail after a $25,000 property bond was posted.
In June, Circuit Judge Duke Bloom approved a request allowing Jones to attend a drug treatment program. In July, Jones pleaded not guilty to felony drug charges and the August trial date was set.
After the plea agreement was reached on Monday, Jones returned to the center in Huntington where he is receiving treatment for drug addiction, Forbes said.
"This is long-term treatment for his addiction," Forbes said. "He is doing a lot better. It is no secret that he has had a long-term battle with drugs. Hopefully, with treatment, he is on the road to recovery."