Bruno Mars Makes Plea Deal for Cocaine Arrest

Bruno Mars

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updated 02/04/2011 AT 2:00 PM ET

originally published 02/04/2011 AT 2:20 PM ET

Grammy nominee Bruno Mars is ready to put his cocaine-related arrest behind him.

The “Just The Way You Are” singer appeared before a Las Vegas judge on Friday, waiving his preliminary hearing. He is due back in court on Feb. 14, where he is expected to plead guilty to a felony cocaine charge, part of a plea bargain that will keep him from serving jail time in Las Vegas.

As part of the deal the singer-songwriter will pay a $2,000 fine and complete drug counseling and 200 hours of community service.

As long as Mars, born Peter Hernandez, stays out of trouble for a year, his record will be conviction-free.

The cocaine charge stemmed from an arrest last September after Mars was found allegedly using drugs in a bathroom inside the Hard Rock Hotel. A police report said Mars had 2.6 grams of cocaine on his person, but he told police he had never used drugs prior to that night.

With the incident essentially behind him, Mars can now focus on the upcoming Grammys, where he’s nominated for seven awards.


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