The University of Colorado student who faced a felony drug charge after police said he sold a prescription pill to another student for $5 pleaded guilty Thursday to a petty offense and received a six-month deferred sentence.
Nicholas Busbey, 21, pleaded guilty to possession of drug paraphernalia, a petty offense. In exchange for the plea, prosecutors dropped a felony drug distribution charge.
According to CU police, an employee in the lobby of the Center for Community last month said she saw Busbey sell Marshall Pedder, 21, a tablet of Vyvanse, a stimulant used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder that also can be used as a "study aid" to help keep students alert as they prepare for exams.
Under the deferred sentence, Busbey will have the petty offense dismissed if he stays out of legal trouble for six months. He also was sentenced to 16 hours of community service.
"He's very grateful to (prosecutor Pam) Maass on this, and I think it's the appropriate resolution for this case," said Keith Collins, Busbey's attorney. "I'm not at all concerned he will ever come back before the court. He's a very smart, hard-working young man.
"I don't think he fully understood the gravity of his actions, but he certainly has learned from it and will be successful in this."
Busbey declined to say anything in court before Judge David Archuleta accepted the plea deal.
Collins said Busbey's case with CU's Office of Judicial Affairs is still pending.
Pedder, who also was arrested on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance, a felony, is scheduled to be charged Wednesday.