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Whitewater alderman facing felony charges

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Kevin Hoffman
May 18, 2011
— A Whitewater alderman is facing two felony charges after sheriff’s deputies say twice last month he sold marijuana to a confidential informant.

District 2 Councilman Javonni M. Butler, 22, was arrested earlier this month and charged with two counts of delivering THC, less than 200 grams. Walworth County sheriff’s deputies said in a criminal complaint an informant wore a wire and bought marijuana from Butler on March 16 and 28 at Butler’s apartment at 375 North Harmony Lane, Whitewater.


Butler of New Berlin was released on a signature bond, and a criminal complaint was filed Tuesday. Each count carries a maximum fine of $10,000 and up to three years and six months in prison.


Members of the sheriff’s department drug unit said they followed the informant to Butler’s apartment, and both times the informant returned with marijuana, according to the criminal complaint. Tests on the drugs were positive for THC, deputies said.


Butler is a UW-Whitewater student, and his district includes the college campus. He’s the lone student representative on the city council.


Butler was re-elected to his seat this spring after running as a registered write-in. He was appointed in April to serve on the board of review, alcohol licensing committee and parks and recreation board.


It’s unclear whether the charges will affect Butler’s status with the university or the city council. Council President Patrick Singer and City Attorney Wallace McDonell could not be reached for comment.



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