Jessica Simpson's father changes plea in DUI case

WENN, Saturday, November 17, 2012, 6:01am (PST)
  • Jessica Simpson's father has avoided a potential prison sentence by pleading no contest to a drunk driving charge.

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    Former minister Joe Simpson, 54, was arrested in August on suspicion of driving under the influence after his car was stopped by police at a checkpoint in Sherman Oaks, Calif.

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    He initially entered a not guilty plea to the DUI charge, which left him facing up to a year behind bars if convicted, but he has now backtracked after striking a deal with prosecutors.

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    Simpson's lawyer, Shawn Holley, attended a hearing at a Los Angeles court on Tuesday to enter a no contest plea on her client's behalf.

    Under the terms of the deal, Simpson will be sentenced to three years probation and a fine, and he will also be ordered to attend an alcohol education class, according to

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