Mindy McCready to serve jail time

Tue Sep 30, 2008 12:27pm EDT
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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Country singer Mindy McCready will surrender to Tennessee authorities on Tuesday to begin serving a 60-day jail sentence for violating probation on a previous drug-related charge, her lawyer said.

"Once she's done with that time, Mindy has met all of her obligations under her probation sentence," Attorney Lee Ofman told Reuters on Monday. "We worked very hard to get her a deal, so we didn't have to have a probation violation."

McCready, whose albums include "Ten Thousand Angels" and If I Don't Stay the Night," was originally convicted of prescription drug fraud in 2004 and placed on parole.

In 2007, the 32-year-old singer also spent time in jail for parole violation, and in June this year she was charged again with violating her probation by falsifying community service records. She entered rehab in July this year.

"I am working very hard to put all of this behind me as quickly as possible so I can get back to what I like to do most: sing, write songs, and entertain," McCready said in a statement.

(Editing by Jill Serjeant)

<p>Country music singer Mindy McCready arrives at the premiere of "Scream 2" Hollywood December 10, 1997. REUTERS/Fred Prouser</p>