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British rocker Pete Doherty sentenced to six months for cocaine possession

May 20, 2011 |  1:46 pm

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Musician Pete Doherty began a six-month jail sentence Friday after pleading guilty to cocaine possession, the Associated Press reports. The British rocker, former frontman for the Libertines, was sentenced by an east London court.

Doherty, 32, who has a history of drug use, was slated to perform a concert with his current band, Babyshambles, in Scotland on Friday evening. The sentence stems from a March 2010 arrest following the death of heiress Robin Whitehead at a party in London that January. Doherty, former boyfriend of supermodel Kate Moss, was suspected of supplying Whitehead with drugs.

Peter Wolfe, 42, who had pleaded guilty to two counts of possession of cocaine and one count of supplying cocaine to Whitehead, was sentenced to a total of 12 months in prison. Both offenses were said to have occurred between Jan. 22 and 24, 2010, the day Whitehead died, the Guardian reports.

Whitehead, 27, the granddaughter of Teddy Goldsmith, founder of the Ecologist magazine, had been making a documentary about Doherty over the last 10 days of her life.

Judge David Radford, who sentenced Doherty, said the musician had an “appalling record” of committing offenses, having made 13 other court appearances. The sentencing marks Doherty's longest incarceration to date. Since his first arrest in 2003, Doherty’s most extended sentence was 14 weeks beginning in April 2008.

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Photo: Pete Doherty performs with Babyshambles. Credit: EPA

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