Bruno Mars in court for cocaine possession plea deal

Peter Hernandez (AP/Las Vegas Metro Police Dept.)
Peter Hernandez (AP/Las Vegas Metro Police Dept.)

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) Pop star Bruno Mars made an appearance before a Las Vegas judge Friday on a plea deal that could get him dismissal of a felony cocaine possession charge.

The 25-year-old Grammy nominee and his lawyers appeared before a Las Vegas justice judge to waive an evidentiary hearing and set a Feb. 14 plea date in state court.

Mars' real name is Peter Hernandez. He grew up in Hawaii and was known in Waikiki as the youngest Elvis impersonator.

The deal is for him to plead guilty as a first offender in Clark County court to a charge that will be dismissed if he stays out of trouble for a year, completes community service and drug counseling, and pays a $2,000 fine.

The "Just the Way You Are" singer was arrested in September with 2.6 grams of cocaine after a Las Vegas nightclub performance.

Wire services contributed to this report.

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