'Chumlee' agrees to three years' probation, avoids jail time for drugs, weapons charges

Austin Lee “Chumlee” Russell arrives in court Monday, May 23, 2016, at the Regional Justice Center in Las Vegas. [Craig Fiegener | News3LV]

LAS VEGAS (KSNV News3LV) -- Austin "Chumlee" Russell, a mainstay on the popular reality TV series "Pawn Stars," will not spend any time behind bars after being charged with 20 felony counts of drug and gun violations.

"You look forward to getting this behind you," Craig Fiegener, News 3 reporter asked.

"Yes he is," said Russell's attorney, David Chesnoff, Russell's attorney.

Russell's attorney David Chesnoff spoke for the reality TV star.

Chesnoff has represented other celebrities who find themselves in trouble in Las Vegas.

During his hearing, Chesnoff described the plea deal, which keeps Russell out of jail and puts him on probation for three years.

He'll plead guilty to one count involving drug possession.

"Typical case where we always try to get resolved without having prison time," Garrett Ogata, a criminal defense attorney, said.

Ogata didn't work on Russell's case but tells News 3 the Clark County District Attorney's office is fair regardless of your status.

"I think the prosecution here was fair. I think they're fair generally they are fair whether you are well known or just the regular person out there," Ogata said.

Outside the Gold and Silver Pawn shop, customers were speaking out about the plea deal.

"Lock him up. If he did wrong, lock him up," John Hanskett, a visitor, said.

Hanskett said it's simple, if you do the crime, you have to do the time.

"I wouldn't get a break. I don't think you'd get a break either. They do wrong, lock them up," he said.

Still others like Bobby Morey are supportive of the cable TV star.

"They're people too. We're used to seeing them on television, we assume they're a certain way. I look passed that," Morey said.

Morey went on to tell News 3 celebrities are people too and he's hoping Russell puts this behind him.

"Hopefully, he doesn't go to jail. I'd hate to see it. Maybe he can go to rehab and make it right," Morey said.

Chumlee released a statement saying he's looking forward to putting this behind him and thanked his fans for the support.

He'll be back in court on June 1 to finalize the plea agreement.


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