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BR public defender pleads guilty to simple possession

Nelvil Hollingsworth (Source: West Feliciana Sheriff's Office) Nelvil Hollingsworth (Source: West Feliciana Sheriff's Office)
WEST FELICIANA, LA (WAFB) -

An East Baton Rouge public defender pleads guilty to one count of simple possession of marijuana after being arrested Feb. 25 at Angola State Penitentiary for hiding marijuana in the lining of his suit jacket.

Investigators with the West Feliciana Sheriff's Office say Nelvil Hollingsworth hid 5.2 grams of marijuana in the lining of his suit jacket in an effort to sneak the drugs into the prison. The one count of simple possession is a misdemeanor offense.

Angola Warden Burl Cain said a prison guard found the drugs during a routine pat down. He said Hollingsworth was then detained until deputies arrived to make the arrest.

Hollingsworth was charged with one count of introduction of contraband into a penal institution. A West Feliciana jail official said Hollingsworth posted a $10,000 bond.

Cain said Hollingsworth called prison officials Friday night to arrange the Saturday visit with his client Barry Edge.  Edge is one of the "Angola 5" on trial for the beating and stabbing death of Angola guard David Knapps back in 1999.

Coming up tonight on 9News at 6, hear from Hollingsworth's attorney on why the charges were changed, and why he pleaded guilty to the lesser charge.

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