- Associated Press - Monday, September 20, 2010

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Paris Hilton acknowledged Monday that she had cocaine in her purse and pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor charges stemming from her arrest last month at a Las Vegas hotel-casino.

She will serve a year of probation and avoid a felony charge under the terms of a plea deal worked out with prosecutors. The celebrity heiress pleaded guilty to drug possession and obstructing an officer.

Miss Hilton, 29, must complete a drug abuse program, pay a $2,000 fine and serve 200 hours of community service.

Miss Hilton — wearing a champagne-colored blouse, a black pencil skirt and black platform heels — told Justice of the Peace Joe M. Bonaventure she was in possession of cocaine.

When he asked what she did to obstruct justice, Miss Hilton, swaying side to side, responded, “I said that the purse wasn’t mine to the officer,” and acknowledged that she had bought it months earlier.

This file photo released Saturday, Aug. 28, 2010,by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department shows Paris Hilton in a police booking photo in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department)
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When asked why she didn’t fight the charge, her attorney, David Chesnoff said, “Ms. Hilton accepts the responsibility.”

She faces a year in jail if she violates the probation and is arrested for anything other than a minor traffic violation.

Mr. Bonaventure told Miss Hilton there are consequences to breaking the law.

“The purpose of this at this point is that you change your conduct,” Mr. Bonaventure said. “The Clark County Detention Center is not the Waldorf Astoria.”

The plea agreement does not require Miss Hilton to be assigned a probation officer, meaning she won’t have to report to anyone.

She originally faced a felony cocaine possession charge that would not have resulted in jail time.

Clark County prosecutor David Schubert called the plea deal, “a fair resolution.”

“Our main concern is that Ms. Hilton stay out of trouble over the next year,” Mr. Schubert told Mr. Bonaventure, who also presided over O.J. Simpson’s armed robbery case in 2007.

Mr. Chesnoff said Miss Hilton would continue to volunteer with animal rights groups and children’s hospitals to meet the requirements of the plea agreement.

“I know Ms. Hilton is contrite and accepts the responsibility for her actions,” Mr. Chesnoff said.

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