Scott Weiland sentenced to 8 days in jail

Mon Apr 28, 2008 10:24pm EDT
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By Steve Gorman

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Scott Weiland, lead singer for the band Stone Temple Pilots, was sentenced on Monday to eight days in jail for drunken driving, a spokesman for the Los Angeles City Attorney's Office said.

Weiland, 40, entered a plea of no contest, the functional equivalent of a guilty plea in California, to a single misdemeanor count of driving under the influence of alcohol -- his second DUI conviction in nearly four years.

The plea, stemming from his November 21 arrest following a traffic collision on a ramp to a Los Angeles freeway, was entered by Weiland's lawyer on his behalf.

Weiland was also placed on four years' unsupervised probation, ordered to enroll in an 18-month alcohol program and fined roughly $1,600, City Attorney's Office spokesman Frank Mateljan said.

Weiland last month pleaded innocent to a charge of driving under the influence of drugs. Prosecutors did not make clear why the nature of the offense was changed in the final plea.

Telephone calls and e-mail queries to the band's publicist were not immediately answered. Weiland's lawyer also could not be reached for comment.

The performer was not at Monday's proceedings but was ordered to be in court on May 28 for a restitution hearing, when he will be taken into custody to begin serving his jail term, Mateljan said.

It was not immediately clear how Weiland's sentencing might affect his reunion tour with Stone Temple Pilots, who played their first show together in nearly eight years earlier this month. The band was scheduled to kick off a 65-date series of concerts in North American amphitheaters starting May 17.   Continued...

<p>Lead singer Scott Weiland performs with Stone Temple Pilots in West Hollywood, California April 7, 2008. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni</p>