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  • Hesperia mayor's stepson enters plea bargain

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  • VICTORVILLE — The stepson of Hesperia Mayor Thurston “Smitty” Smith pleaded no contest to a felony weapon charge while three others also reached plea bargains this week following their Aug. 1 arrests.
    Francis Hansen, 30, on Monday was convicted of possession of a controlled substance while armed with a loaded firearm, court records show.
    Hansen, who is Smith’s stepson, was arrested with two others residing in a Smith-owned rental property in the 8400 block of Fifth Avenue, where authorities said they seized methamphetamine and two rifles.
    Melissa Magana, 27, pleaded guilty to keeping a place to sell a controlled substance, according to court records. Susan Stevens, 37, pleaded no contest to possession of a controlled substance while armed with a loaded firearm, court records show. A fourth suspect, 34-year-old Nathan Vest, who was arrested in the area of Eighth and Main streets, pleaded guilty to the same charge.
    Stevens and Vest are scheduled to be sentenced Sept. 11.
    Meanwhile, Hansen and Magana on Monday were sentenced to three years of supervised probation and ordered to serve 270 days in county jail, although they’re eligible for a weekender/work release program. The two will also have to attend substance abuse classes, court records show.
    Smith has said he was renting the home to Hansen.
    “My son is 30 years old, he’s a grown man,” Smith had told the Daily Press. “We had no idea what was going on over there. But I will tell you this — it won’t happen again.”
    The day after making that statement, Smith again addressed the issue at the conclusion of the Hesperia City Council meeting, saying he hopes Hansen will straighten out and become sober.
    “He has two choices,” Smith said. “Either he goes into drug or alcohol rehab ... or we evict him.”
    Smith, who won’t be seeking reelection in November, has attributed that decision to an interest in traveling the country with his wife, saying it had nothing to do with his stepson’s arrest.
    “That is another issue altogether,” he said.
    Shea Johnson may be reached at 760-955-5368 or SJohnson@VVDailyPress.com. Follow him on Twitter at @DP_Shea.
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