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'Billy the Exterminator' star pleads guilty to drug charge

The Associated Press, Wednesday, May 1, 2013, 2:29pm (PDT)
  • NEW ORLEANS (AP) — William "Billy" Bretherton's attorney says the star of the A&E reality TV show "Billy the Exterminator" has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor count of possessing synthetic marijuana.

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    Attorney Allyn Stroud says that Bretherton was put on probation for a year and prosecutors dropped charges against his wife, Mary.

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    They pleaded not guilty last summer in Bossier Parish. Stroud says Billy Bretherton pleaded guilty on April 19.

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    A Bossier City spokesman said last year that police answering a 911 hang-up call from a hotel room found the Brethertons with suspected synthetic marijuana and a device often used to smoke drugs. Mark Natale said the device tested positive for synthetic marijuana.

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    Stroud says Bretherton was given a suspended 60-day jail term and fined $500. His probation requires community service and regular drug and alcohol testing.

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