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OTRC: Bruno Mars takes plea deal in cocaine possession case

Bruno Mars appears in a mugshot following his Sept. 19, 2010 arrest in Las Vegas on a cocaine possession charge. / Bruno Mars shoots the video for 'Grenade'. (Las Vegas Metro Police Department / brunomars.com)

Bruno Mars will be pleading guilty to felony cocaine possession charges in order to avoid jail time in a plea deal worked out with Las Vegas prosecutors, reports The Associated Press.

Mars will pay a $2,000 fine, serve probation and do 200 hours of community service and in exchange, if he completes the terms of his sentence and stays out of trouble for a year, the felony cocaine possession charge against him will be dismissed, authorities said.

The 25-year-old, who is up for seven Grammy awards next month, is due before a Las Vegas judge on February 4 to waive an evidentiary hearing so he can plead guilty and be sentenced in state court.

The singer was detained on September 19 at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino after a Hard Rock Hotel & Casino bathroom attendant noticed a man taking a long time in a stall with a bag of a white, powdered substance just before 2 a.m., and summoned security.

Police said Mars handed over a bag containing 2.6 grams of cocaine, and told the arresting officer he'd never used drugs before.

"Bruno is very appreciative he is being given this opportunity as a first offender not to suffer any conviction and instead to have his charge dismissed," Blair Berk, Mars' defense attorney told The Associated Press. "He is taking all of this quite seriously."

Mars, whose real name is Peter Hernandez, is known for the hit song "Just the Way You Are" and sang the chorus on B.o.B's "Nothin' on You."

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