Bob Marley's daughter pleads guilty to drug charge

Wed Sep 8, 2010 11:28am EDT
 
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NEW YORK (Reuters) - The youngest child of late reggae star Bob Marley has pleaded guilty to a drug charge after police caught her growing marijuana in her Pennsylvania home, her lawyer said.

Makeda Jahnesta Marley pleaded guilty Tuesday to two charges including manufacture of a controlled substance after police were called to her West Chester, Pennsylvania home for a dispute two years ago and discovered almost a dozen marijuana plants in the basement, her lawyer Thomas Schindler said.

Sentencing was scheduled for October. In return for her guilty plea, prosecutors dropped a minimum one-year prison sentence that would normally be mandatory for the amount of marijuana found in Marley's home.

The 29-year-old, who was born several weeks after her father died of cancer, faces a likely sentence of between probation and nine months in prison.

She told the court at a hearing in February that the proceeds of a fund granted by her father's estate had dried up and she now worked as waitress, according to the Daily Local News of West Chester.

(Reporting by Christine Kearney, editing by Patricia Reaney)