Paris Hilton avoids jail term under plea deal in drug possession case

09:03, September 19, 2010      

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U.S. celebrity socialite Paris Hilton will avoid jail terms under a plea bargain reached with authorities and be placed on a year of probation, the Los Angeles Times reported on Saturday.

According to the plea deal, aside from pleading guilty to two misdemeanor charges -- drug possession and obstructing a police lieutenant, the 29-year-old must also complete a substance abuse program, pay a 2,000-U.S.-dollar fine and perform 200 hours of community service. The nature and location of the community service will be determined later.

If Hilton is arrested during her probation, she will have to serve a full year in jail, the plea agreement states.

Hilton is scheduled to formally plead guilty to two misdemeanors on Monday.

The socialite was arrested Aug. 27 with her boyfriend, Cy Waits in Las Vegas. A police lieutenant found 0.8 grams of cocaine in a purse Hilton was carrying.

Hilton lied to police when she said the Chanel bag wasn't hers, although all the stuff inside -- 1,300 dollars in cash, credit cards, cigarette rolling papers and a prescription pill to treat asthma belonged to her, according to a police report.

Source: Xinhua


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