Plea deal in Slade legal battle

March 27, 2008 6:00:49 AM PDT
Former Texas Southern University President Priscilla Slade pleaded no contest today to a charge alleging she spent university money inappropriately. She's agreed to repay the financially strapped school more than $127,000. As part of her plea deal with prosecutors, Slade will be given ten years of deferred adjudication. She also must perform 400 hours of community service. That's what the Houston Chronicle reports in its online edition. The deferred adjudication means that Slade's record would be cleared if she successfully completes the judge's terms.

A mistrial was declared in October in Slade's trial on charge of misapplication of fiduciary property with a value over $200,000. If she had been convicted, she faced a possible prison sentence of life.

Slade pleaded no contest to misapplication of fiduciary property with a value over $100,000.

Prosecutors say Slade misspent more than half a million dollars in TSU funds to make extravagant purchases for her homes. Prosecutors say Slade also misspent school funds to pay for bar tabs, manicures, spa treatments and exercise classes.

DeGeurin has said the money was spent to improve TSU's image and court donors.

As part of the agreement, Slade read the following statement in court.

    "I accept responsibility as the president of Texas Southern University, with regard to the expenditures described in the indictment, as misapplications in not ensuring that Texas Southern University policies were followed. If I had the opportunity to do things differently, I would do so. My thoughts and prayers are with the Texas Southern University family, to whom I apologize."

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