By Joe Nelson
Posted: 07/19/2011 12:12:43 PM PDT

San Bernardino County Supervisor Neil Derry today pleaded guilty to failing to report a campaign contribution in an agreement that dismisses two felony charges he was facing.

The plea followed a series of morning meetings with San Bernardino Superior Court Judge Michael Dest and attorneys on both sides of the case.

Dest ordered Derry to pay $5,000 to the Fair Political Practices Commission, roughly $5,000 to the court and placed him on probation for three years.

The agreement allows Derry to continue serving as a county supervisor.

“This was clearly a political prosecution from the beginning in an effort to remove me from office without cause,” Derry said during the hearing. “I agreed to this so I can get back to work. This was a compromise. I still maintain my innocence.”

Deputy Attorney General Emily Hanks declined comment.

She argued during the hearing that Derry should be barred from running for public office for four years due to the seriousness of the offense.

Dest determined the heavy fines being imposed on Derry were severe enough.

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