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
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
Weiland and his post-grunge pop band Stone Temple Pilots have been on hiatus for
more than a year.