Probate lawyer sentenced to prison for drug possession

A Texas probate attorney was sentenced to three years in prison Wednesday for using a personal digital assistant to distribute and distribute cocaine and heroin, according to the Texas Attorney General’s Office.

Robert L. Smith, 58, pleaded guilty to charges of distribution of a controlled substance, distribution of cocaine, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Smith was also ordered to pay $1,000 in restitution and restitution to a family member.

The case is pending.

Smith’s wife, Angela, was also sentenced to 30 days in jail.

The couple has not entered a plea.

Smith said he was addicted to cocaine and had been using the computerized assistant since January 2016, according a news release from the Texas attorney general’s office.

Smith had been working as a probationary probate court administrator in El Paso County, Texas, since August 2014.

He also had worked in real estate.

In September, Smith was placed on administrative leave, after the Texas Office of the Attorney General concluded he had violated his probation, according the release.

Smith’s attorney did not immediately respond to a request for comment.