AUSTIN, Texas, Oct. 1 -- A Texas state senator nabbed earlier this year in a police prostitution sting has been sentenced to six months in jail and fined for illegally carrying a firearm. County Court-at-Law Judge David Puryear imposed the sentence on state Sen. Drew Nixon today, saying the East Texas Republican had violated the public trust.
Nixon said would not resign from the Texas Senate, but probably won't seek re-election. His current term runs through the year 2000. The six-month sentence and $6,000 in fines were recommended last month by an Austin jury after Nixon pleaded guilty to solicitation of prostitution and weapons charges. Nixon said, 'I broke the law. I pled guilty accordingly, and I will be serving out the time that the jury of my peers sentenced to me.' Nixon must return to the courtroom Oct. 17, when Puryear will rule on his motion to serve the jail term closer to the senator's home town. Prosecutors want him to serve the time in Travis County. He called his legal woes a 'learning process. It will be something I will be able to use in the Senate as another part of my background to try to learn and try to help others where they don't do the same mistake that I made.' Nixon was arrested Feb. 18 after agreeing to pay an undercover police officer $35 for sex. Police then found a loaded pistol under the seat of his car. The jury recommended probation on the prostitution charge but jail time on the weapons charge. Nixon was arrested on similar charges in Dallas in 1993 and received deferred adjudication. ---
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