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Bruno Mars to Plead Guilty to Drug Charges

Pop singer faces fine and community service for cocaine possession

January 31, 2011 10:35 AM ET
Bruno Mars to Plead Guilty to Drug Charges
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The seven-time Grammy nominee Bruno Mars will plead guilty to felony cocaine possession in order to avoid jail time, according to E! News.

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In September, Mars was busted at the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas on suspicion of narcotics possession. The "Grenade" singer, born Peter Hernandez, had 2.6 grams of a substance believed to be cocaine.

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Next up for Mars is a court appearance on February 4 when he'll enter his guilty plea. He'll be fined $2,000, sentenced to a year of informal probation, 200 hours of community service and drug counseling. After completing the terms, the first-time offender's record will be wiped clean.

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