“Pawn Stars” favorite Chumlee is one step closer to avoiding jail time, and his attorney tells TheWrap that his client is “pleased” with the terms of a plea deal that awaits court approval.
Chumlee, whose real name is Austin Russell, agreed Monday to a deal that will keep him out of a cell, if he keeps his nose clean.
“We are hopeful the court will accept this very fair resolution between law enforcement and Austin and are pleased with this result,” attorney David Chesnoff said.
Russell will plead guilty to a felony weapon charge, along with a misdemeanor charge of attempted drug possession. In exchange, the reality TV star will receive three years probation and undergo counseling, Fox News reports.
If he manages to avoid trouble during the probationary period, Russell’s felony count will be dismissed.
However, if he should run afoul of the law during that period, Russell will face two to five years in prison for the felony weapons charge.
Russell will also not face charges stemming from a sexual assault allegation made against him. As reported last week, an investigation revealed a lack of evidence.
Russell was originally charged with prohibited person possession of firearm, possession of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana over 1 ounce and possession of schedule I – schedule IV controlled substance, the latter for the Xanax.
The reality TV star was arrested following a police search of his Nevada home in March.
While the search was triggered by the sexual assault allegation, according to a police report, Russell admitted that they would find four ounces of marijuana in a vault in his home.
The report also noted that police found 12 guns, four of them registered to Russell. Police indicated that they also found seven clear capsules containing 1.7 gross grams of methamphetamine in the residence.
Russell is due back in court June 1 to enter his plea.