A 22-year-old man admitted selling marijuana to a Park Middle School student.
Justin Demario Dixon's guilty plea was for one count of unlawful deliver of a controlled substance to a person under age 18.
An enhancement alleging that the crime occurred within 1,000 feet of the school grounds was dismissed as part of plea negotiations, according to Deputy Prosecutor Art Bieker.
Kennewick police suspected something was going on near the 1011 W. 10th Ave. campus in April 2011 when students were caught with pot.
School staff and security had recognized the smell of marijuana in a student locker, and reportedly identified seven students ages 11 to 13. Some of those students didn't actually buy pot but witnessed deals being made.
Information led police to Dixon, who had "a quantity of marijuana" in his nearby apartment during a search, court documents said. He denied selling marijuana but told police he was in the home during the sale, documents said.
Dixon will be sentenced May 30.
He faces a standard range of four years and three months to five years and eight months. However, defense lawyer Moe Spencer told the court the recommended term will be an exceptional sentence down of one year in prison.