Former Winter Park town manager Drew Nelson pleads guilty as part of plea deal |

Former Winter Park town manager Drew Nelson pleads guilty as part of plea deal

Former Winter Park Town Manager Andrew “Drew” Nelson pleaded guilty Monday in county court to two counts of prohibited use of a weapon as part of a plea agreement.

The agreement, approved by Grand County Judge Nicholas Catanzarite, includes one year of unsupervised probation and 120 hours of useful public service. In addition, Nelson agreed to write a letter of apology to the Winter Park-Fraser Police Department, take a firearms safety class and make a donation to D.A.R.E. Winter Park.

Nelson was arrested in January following an altercation with his wife at their Winter Park home, and for firing a series of handgun rounds from his porch while inebriated, according to police reports.

He was initially charged with felony menacing-domestic violence, reckless endangerment and two counts of prohibited use of a weapon. The menacing and reckless endangerment charges were dismissed.

Nelson resigned from his post with the town of Winter Park in February. Stan Zemler, Vail’s recently retired town manager, has been the acting interim town manager since early March.

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