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Willie Nelson gets $500 fine, no jail with marijuana-related plea in Texas

Willie Nelson avoids jail with plea deal in marijuana case

Willie Nelson took a plea deal Wednesday to avoid jail time and begin clearing his legendary name of marijuana-related charges in Texas.

Last November, Hudspeth County Border Patrol officers smelled pot inside the singer-songwriter's tour bus at a checkpoint and officials reported finding "a little bit less than 2 ounces" of marijuana on the bus. Nelson later pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor charge of possessing drug paraphernalia.

On Wednesday, prosecutors agreed to reduce charges if the 78-year-old paid a $500 fine and $280 in court costs. A judge would dismiss the case entirely if Nelson stays out of trouble for 30 days.

"All he has to do is sign the papers and get me a cashier's check for the money," county prosecutor C.R. Bramblett told Reuters.

And despite a prosecutor's joking suggestion in March, it seems the country crooner did not have to perform his hit "Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain" inside the courtroom to clear his name, according to the New York Post.

"Willie is glad to have it all behind him. Everyone was very fair," Nelson's attorney Joe Turner told TMZ.

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-- Nardine Saad
Twitter.com/NardineSaad

Photo: Willie Nelson in 2009. Credit: Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times

 
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