Willie Nelson, who was arrested for marijuana possession in November, took a plea deal yesterday to avoid jail time. His tour bus was stopped at a checkpoint when officers found a few ounces of marijuana, although there have been different amounts reported from the time of his arrest up to the time it came before the judge, who is known to be a fan. Nelson pleaded no contest to the misdemeanor charge of possession of drug paraphernalia, so the amount of marijuana was not an issue in sentencing.
Prosecutors in the case agreed to the reduced charges for the 78 year old entertainer and he was fined $500 and an additional $280 in court costs. If Willie nelson can stay out of trouble for the next 30 days, the case will be dismissed entirely.
The County Prosecutor, CR Bramblett, also a reported fan, said that now all Nelson must do is sign the paper, and send in a check for the money. Brablett was the source of previous reports that Willie would be let off the hook if he came to court and serenaded the judge. He said he was only joking. It looks like Nelson didn’t have to do anything to be let off the hook.