weather icon Clear

Singer Mars charged with felony drug possession

Singer-songwriter Bruno Mars was charged with a felony Friday in connection with his arrest last month at the Hard Rock Hotel.

The charge of possession of a controlled substance probably will net Mars, whose real name is Peter Hernandez, mandatory probation. If it is not his first offense, a judge has discretion to sentence him to one to four years in prison. He is accused of possessing 2.6 grams of cocaine.

Celebrity socialite Paris Hilton was arrested on the same felony charge a few weeks before Mars’ arrest. She pleaded guilty to two misdemeanors last month and was sentenced to a year of probation.

Mars, 25, was arrested about 2:40 a.m. Sept. 19 after hotel security confronted him in a bathroom and found him with the cocaine, authorities said.

He has soared to popularity this year, and his song “Just the Way You Are” is No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

He also co-wrote the hits “Nothin’ On You” by B.o.B; “Billionaire” by Travie McCoy; and “Right Round” by Flo Rida.

Contact reporter Lawrence Mower at lmower@reviewjournal.com or

Don't miss the big stories. Like us on Facebook.
Walmart hires off-duty officers for El Paso store reopening Thursday

Walmart plans Thursday to reopen the store where the attack happened in August and amid ongoing lawsuits over safety. Walmart didn’t have a guard in the store the day of the mass shooting.

Campaigns mark 100 days until Nevada caucus

Top Democratic presidential campaigns in Nevada are gearing up to reach voters before the state’s presidential caucus, which is 100 days away. It’s the third nominating contest in the nation.

Garth Brooks tops Carrie Underwood at CMAs

The Country Music Association Awards almost fully honored and highlighted the women of country music — whose songs have been heavily dismissed on country radio over the years — until two words were uttered when they named its entertainer of the year: Garth Brooks.