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Bruno Mars Avoids Jail After Pleading Guilty for Drug Possession

February 17, 2011 08:19:49 GMT

The 'Grenade' singer moved away from the bars after he was formally sentenced by court on Wednesday, February 16 to do community service, enroll counseling program, and pay fine.


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R&B star Bruno Mars can finally move on from his drug bust scandal last year after he was formally sentenced to 200 hours of community service on Wednesday, February 16.

The "Grenade" hit maker, real name Peter Hernandez, was arrested in Las Vegas in September 2010 after a bathroom attendant at the Hard Rock Hotel allegedly caught him with a bag of cocaine. He was hit with a felony count for drug possession and faced up to four years behind bars and a $50,000 fine if convicted, but Mars managed to avoid jail after striking a plea deal with prosecutors in January.

Mars pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of possession of a controlled substance earlier this month and was officially sentenced in court on Wednesday, February 16, four days after landing his first two Grammy Awards on Sunday, February 13. The judge ordered the 25-year-old star to complete community service, enroll in an eight-hour counseling program, and pay a $2,000 fine. If he stays out of trouble for the next 12 months, the charge will be wiped from his record. And the singer is glad to put the matter behind him once and for all.

His lawyer Blair Berk tells TMZ.com, "We are very pleased that the prosecution has agreed to dismiss the charge."


 




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