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Whitewater alderman pleads not guilty to marijuana charges

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Kevin Hoffman
June 9, 2011
— A Whitewater councilman accused last month of selling marijuana to a police informant pleaded not guilty Wednesday in Walworth County Court.

District 2 Alderman Javonni M. Butler, 22, faces two counts of delivering marijuana. A confidential informant wore a wire and on March 16 and 28 purchased marijuana from Butler at his apartment near UW-Whitewater's campus, according to the criminal complaint.


Butler, the city council's only representative enrolled at the university, Friday waived his right to a preliminary hearing. His next court appearance is July 13.


Butler previously said he would not resign his post, and he has continued his duties on the city council since charges were filed May 17. He was re-elected this spring, running as a registered write-in.


Each count carries a maximum fine of $10,000 and up to three years and six months in prison.



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