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DeVoe Pleads Guilty, Sentenced To Community Service

July 11, 1997 12:00 AM ET

Ronnie DeVoe, member of the band New Edition, pleaded guilty on Monday to charges of resisting arrest and was sentenced to 20 hours of community service. DeVoe was arrested in a Louisville, Ky., hotel room last February after police encountered him, his brother and his wardrobe manager drinking in the hallway. Police assert that DeVoe refused to return to his room, became belligerent and had to be forcibly subdued with pepper spray. Both DeVoe's attorney and manager stated that the arresting officers exaggerated DeVoe's behavior and were "overzealous" in their actions. DeVoe subsequently plea bargained.

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