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Mayor says drugs are major problem in Benton City

BENTON CITY, Wash. - The mayor of Benton City held a news conference Monday to say he was out of jail and has filed an appeal after being convicted of lying to police.

According to the Benton County District Clerk's Office, the appeal was filed on December 14th.

Bryan Robinson said even though a jury of six convicted him of lying to police, he's innocent.  He was released early from the Benton County Jail for good time, about three days early. 

Robinson said he's learned a lot from jail, specifically that Benton City is infested with drugs.  He said he was glad to serve his jail sentence since someone is threatening his life because of his tough stance on drugs.

"Maybe I'm like the boy who cried wolf I've attacked so many things that I'm probably basically ineffective now but it's not my fault there were so many things wrong," said Robinson.

Robinson said he was asked to run for mayor to clean-up the city.  In his news conference Monday he said many people who are against him are those who are involved with drugs.