Cocaine Let-Off for Brooke Mueller
Charlie Sheen's ex gets off lightly after "aggressive" outpatient treatment and a sweet plea deal.
While it’s been a tough year for Brooke Mueller, the troubled ex-wife of hard-partying actor Charlie Sheen just caught a big break in her much-publicized cocaine case. After completing three months of aggressive outpatient treatment, the judge came down easy on 34-year-old Mueller when she struck a plea deal earlier today at the Pitkin County Courthouse in Aspen, Colorado. The judge will dismiss the felony cocaine possession with intent to distribute charges and the misdemeanor assault, leaving the actress to plead guilty only to cocaine possession—a considerably lesser charge. And if Mueller complies with the terms of her 12-month probation, even that charge will be expunged altogether. Initially, she could have faced up to 10 years in prison; now all she has to do is continue her substance abuse treatment and maintain her “Step 2” program in Los Angeles, serving no jail time and paying no fines other than court costs. Sweet deal. As she was leaving the courthouse, Mueller told reporters that she's glad to be returning home to California to be with her kids. Given that they’ve been under the care of Charlie Sheen, we imagine they're glad, too.