Bruno Mars Gets Probation In Vegas Cocaine Case

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    Music writer and singer Bruno Mars felony conviction could be erased next year.

    Grammy-winning pop star Bruno Mars has pleaded guilty to cocaine possession as part of a deal with Las Vegas prosecutors that could allow the felony conviction to be erased next year.

    A Clark County district judge sentenced the 25-year-old singer-songwriter Wednesday to probation, a $2,000 fine, 200 hours of community service and drug counseling.

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    Mars, whose real name is Peter Hernandez, declined comment after the court hearing. So did his lawyers.

    His conviction could be erased if he stays out of trouble for a year. The judge set a Jan. 18 date next year for Mars to return at the end of his probation.

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    Police say Mars had 2.6 grams of cocaine when he was arrested in September in a casino bathroom after a nightclub performance.

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