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Austin attorney pleads guilty to drug possession at courthouse

Austin attorney pleads guilty to drug possession at courthouse

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An Austin attorney arrested last year after a drug dog detected methamphetamine in his car outside the McLennan County Courthouse pleaded guilty Friday.

Lester Floyd Hood III, 49, pleaded guilty to possession of less than a gram of methamphetamine in exchange for an offer from prosecutors that he be placed on deferred felony probation for three years and fined $250.

Hood has been in the McLennan County Jail under $250,000 bond since May 13 after his arrest in Travis County for failing to appear for a March 28 court date in Waco.

Judge Matt Johnson of Waco’s 54th State District Court will sentence Hood on Aug. 27 after reviewing a background report.

The judge reduced Hood’s bail to $10,000 after his guilty plea. Hood apologized to the judge for missing his March court date, explaining that he was having medical issues and was advised by his doctor not to travel at that time.

Hood told the judge he has had two surgeries for a ruptured appendix while he has been in the McLennan County Jail and spent two weeks in a local hospital.

Hood was arrested in April 2012 after authorities got a tip that he was in possession of drugs.

Hood was in Waco that day representing three people charged with possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver.

A police drug dog alerted on his car, and officials found what they described as a “trace” amount of methamphetamine in Hood’s 

He was free on $5,000 bond until he failed to show up for his court date in March.

Court records indicate Hood has pending drug possession charges in Bandera County.

If he bonds out of the McLennan County Jail, officials will alert Bandera County authorities, who likely will come pick him up, courthouse officials said.

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