March 09, 2006 07:00:35 GMT
The most serious charges of cocaine possession against Boy George were dismissed Wednesday after he pleaded guilty to falsely reporting a burglary
Thanks God. That's maybe the words uttered by singer Boy George as he cut a deal with New York City prosecutors to avoid jail time for cocaine possession last fall.
Stemming from the Oct. 7, 2005 incident when police answered a call at his apartment and discovered 13 bags of cocaine, George could have faced 15 years in prison if convicted. However, the Manhattan District Attorney dropped the more serious drug-possession charges and instead sentenced George to five days of community service and fined him $1,000.
In addition, he also was ordered to attend a drug rehabilitation program in his native England. "I am relieved and happy that this case has been disposed of, and would like to thank the judge, the district attorney and my attorney, Lou Freeman, for the fair and speedy way it was dealt with," the singer said in a statement through his manager.