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Bruno Mars Pleads Guilty to Cocaine Possession

Bruno Mars at the Clark County Regional Justice Center to waive his preliminary hearing on felony drug possession charges, Feb. 4, 2011, in Las Vegas. Ethan Miller/Getty Images

(CBS/AP) Grammy-winner 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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The felony was based on an arrest in 2010, where police say Mars, whose real name is Peter Hernandez, was found with 2.6 grams of cocaine in a men's room at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas following a nightclub performance.

Mars, along with his lawyers, refused to comment after the court hearing.

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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