Weiland Pleads Guilty To Drug Charge

Judge sentences Stone Temple Pilots singer to 90 days in a treatment facility and three years' probation.

Stone Temple Pilots singer and solo artist Scott Weiland was sentenced to three months

in a rehabilitation center after pleading guilty to one felony count of heroin possession in

Los Angeles County Superior Court on Wednesday (Aug. 12).

Superior Court Judge Larry P. Fidler sentenced Weiland to the 90-day stay in a

residential drug-treatment center, plus three years' probation. The singer was also

ordered to pay a total of $692 in miscellaneous restitution charges and told that if he fell

off the wagon again, he would be sentenced to jail.

Weiland, who has appeared pale and gaunt in the past few months, came before the

judge looking healthier than he has in recent weeks.

"I'm very happy with the judge's decision and I'm going to take full advantage of it,"

Weiland said following the Superior Court hearing Wednesday morning.

As part of the guilty plea, Fidler dismissed an additional felony count of possession of a

hypodermic needle. The two charges could have resulted in a three-year prison stay for

Weiland.

In sentencing the singer, Fidler emphasized the importance of Weiland following through

with his rehabilitation program. "It's absolutely clear to the court that Mr. Weiland is an

addict. If you fall off this time, it's going to be jail time."

Weiland, 30, who has publicly battled drug problems over the past five years, was most

recently arrested on June 1 in New York after police allegedly found him in possession

of $100 worth of heroin.

The arrest resulted in the cancellation of the remaining four dates of his first solo tour to

support his debut solo album, 12 Bar Blues, which features the single

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(RealAudio excerpt).

Weiland and his post-grunge pop band Stone Temple Pilots have been on hiatus for

more than a year.