Singer Bruno Mars pleas in cocaine case

In this image released by the Las Vegas Metro Police Dept., Peter Hernandez, also known as singer Bruno Mars poses for a booking photo at the Clark County Detention Center, Sunday, Sept. 19, 2010 in Las Vegas. The hit singer is facing cocaine possession charges in Las Vegas after being arrested over the weekend at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. ((AP Photo/Las Vegas Metro Police Department))

January 31, 2011 9:37:36 AM PST
A plea bargain for Bruno Mars. The singer is going to plead guilty to a drug offense - in return for having a felony cocaine possession charge against him dismissed.

As part of the plea deal, Bruno Mars will be allowed to pay a $2,000 fine, perform 200 hours of community service and serve probation. He also has to do drug counseling.

If he stays clean for a year, the conviction will be wiped away. His attorney says Mars "is very appreciative" to catch a break on his case and is taking the matter "quite seriously."

The singer was arrested in September of last year after performing at a nightclub in Las Vegas. A bathroom attendant called security after he saw a man taking a long time in a stall with a bag of a white powder.

Police say Mars turned over a bag containing 2.6 grams of coke - and told the arresting officer he had never used the stuff before.

Bruno Mars is up for seven awards at next week's Grammys.

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