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Saturday 24 June 2017

Mars gets probation for guilty plea

Bruno Mars was arrested in a casino toilet after a nightclub performance in Las Vegas
Bruno Mars was arrested in a casino toilet after a nightclub performance in Las Vegas

Bruno Mars has pleaded guilty to cocaine possession in the US as part of a deal that could result in the felony conviction being wiped from his record next year.

A judge sentenced the Grammy-winning singer-songwriter to probation, a 2,000 dollar fine, plus requirements to perform 200 hours of community service and complete drug counselling.

If the 25-year-old, whose real name is Peter Hernandez, stays out of trouble for a year, the conviction would be erased from his record. The judge set a January 18 date next year for him to return at the end of his probation

Police say Bruno had 2.6 grams of cocaine when he was arrested in September in a Las Vegas casino bathroom after a nightclub performance.

The singer, who declined to comment after the court hearing, was a child entertainer in Hawaii before moving to Los Angeles in 2002 to pursue his entertainment career.

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