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Paris Hilton pleads guilty; 'treat this very seriously,' judge says

September 20, 2010 |  8:05 am

With a judge warning her to "treat this very seriously," Paris Hilton on Monday pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges that will allow her to avoid jail time after her arrest last month in Las Vegas on suspicion of cocaine possession.

Under the deal, Hilton will plead guilty to two misdemeanors, serve one year probation, pay a $2,000 fine and serve 200 hours of community service.

She had been charged with felony drug possession, but the charge was downgraded under the plea deal.

"You have now been sentenced to one year in Clark County Detention Center. I can assure you it's not the Waldorf Astoria," said Judge Joe Bonaventure.

Hilton, dressed in a white and black dress, admitted to the judge that she was lying when she told officers the purse where the cocaine was found didn't belong to her.

Hilton was arrested Aug. 27 with her boyfriend, Cy Waits, who was driving the black SUV stopped by police after officers said they smelled marijuana. A police lieutenant found 0.8 grams of cocaine in a purse Hilton was carrying.

-- Richard Winton