first_img Jason Kandel, (818) 546-3306 [email protected] local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PASADENA — Former Burbank City Councilwoman Stacey Murphy pleaded guilty today to drug and child endangerment charges in a plea deal that allows her to avoid jail time. Murphy wore a brown suit for her hearing in Pasadena Superior Court, answering ”yes” to questions from prosecutor Thomas Krag about whether she understood the charges against her. As part of the deal, Murphy, 47, will enter a drug rehabilitation program and parenting classes and be monitored by the court for five years, officials said. ”This is an appropriate resolution for a defendant who was a leader in the community, but whose drug use clouded her judgment and put her young son’s life in potential danger,” Krag said in statement. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake Murphy and her lawyer, Rick Santwier, refused to comment. Murphy was ordered to return to court Feb. 22 to offer proof that she has enrolled in the programs. If Murphy fails to complete the counseling classes, she could be sentenced to a maximum three years in state prison on the drug charge and up to six months in jail on the child endangerment charge, Krag said. If she completes the diversion programs, she can petition the court to have the case dismissed in 18 months. Murphy was arrested July 13 in a case connected to the Vineland Boys street gang. More than 40 members of the Vineland Boys gang are awaiting trial in a federal racketeering case, accused of drug dealing, assaults, robberies and murders, including the 2003 slaying of Burbank police Officer Matthew Pavelka. last_img read more