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Wire Actress Pleads Guilty to Heroin Charge

Snoop avoids jail time with plea deal
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 9, 2011 1:00 AM CDT

(Newser) – Felicia "Snoop" Pearson, best known for playing a drug-gang hit woman of the same name on The Wire, has pleaded guilty to conspiring to distribute heroin. The 31-year-old actress was arrested along with dozens of others earlier this year after a federal-state wiretap of a Baltimore drug ring. She has received a suspended seven-year sentence with credit for time served under a plea deal made a day before her trial was due to begin, AP reports.

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Pearson—whose record includes a conviction for second-degree murder when she was just 14—was ordered to undergo three years of supervised probation. The plea deal will allow her to pursue her acting career out of state. "I can’t say she would have been found not guilty,” her lawyer said, but Pearson interrupted, saying: “I would have been found not guilty." Asked how she planned to stay out of trouble in the future, she responded: "I'm moving to LA," E! Online reports. (Read more The Wire stories.)

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