"CSI" Star To Avoid Prison; Pleads Guilty To Drug Charges

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Gary Dourdan won't do time. The "CSI" co-star pleaded guilty to two of three counts of felony drug possession Wednesday but will not face prison following his drug arrest outside of Palm Springs last month, according to his lawyer. Dourdan could have served up to three years and eight months behind bars.

"Once Gary completes 30 hours of a diversion program, his case will be entirely dismissed," lawyer Shawn Chapman Holley told The Associated Press in an e-mail. "There is no jail time involved."

The 41-year-old actor was arrested after police found him asleep in his car outside of Palm Springs on April 28. He was allegedly parked on the wrong side of the street with the car's interior light on. Dourdan was charged with felony possession of heroin, cocaine and ecstasy.

Dourdan has played crime scene investigator Warrick Brown on CBS' "CSI" since 2000. The character was recently shot and killed during the eighth season finale.

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  • by RE Lee Location: Dixie on May 30, 2008 at 08:54 PM
    Let him get his life straightened out and give him another shot,they give all the rest of them 2nd chances!
  • by Bob D Location: Martin on May 30, 2008 at 07:18 PM
    If it was me they would throwed me in prison for 999 years and no chance of parole. All that agree say I.
  • by Cactus Location: Strabane,NC on May 29, 2008 at 04:04 PM
    Oh, come on, don't tell me any of you are surprised by this decision.
  • by Chris Location: Greenville on May 29, 2008 at 04:01 AM
    Money and/or celebrity, it's the best thing for getting out of harsh prison time. Where's the PSA where he tells kids not to do cocaine, heroin, and ecstasy?
  • by Worried Location: Beaufort County on May 29, 2008 at 03:34 AM
    Fowl--Fowl. Either the news article doesn't give us enough facts or we have what appers to be a double standard of law here with the Actor, Mr. Dourdan. The man was caught red handed (asleep in his car parked headed wrong way on a public street)and his punishment is 41 hours of education called diversion!!!! It's time to investigate the Judge and the Lady Attorney. The Police do their job and this is the way they are rewarded. Judge, you owe the country an explanation. Where are you Mr. D.A. - is hanky-panky involved??? or just poor, slouchy legal work???
  • by Here Location: There on May 28, 2008 at 06:59 PM
    I guess he couldn't keep tv and reality seperated.Yet if it was me i would be doing more than 30 hours community service.

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