Special to SEGAZINE
Country singer Billy Currington pleaded no contest Friday to a charge stemming from a run-in with a 70-year-old tour boat captain who cruised past his $3.5 million waterfront home.
Currington, 39, pleaded no contest to a charge of abuse of an elderly person and was sentenced to five years of probation and a $1,000 fine. He was ordered to undergo anger-management counseling and have no contact with the boat captain.
In exchange, prosecutors agreed to drop a charge of making terroristic threats. Each count had carried a possible sentence of one to five years in prison upon conviction.
With Friday’s plea, Currington avoids a trial as he is working to promote his new album, “We Are Tonight,” which was released last week.
During the hearing, Currington’s attorney said his client was extremely embarrassed by what happened. Superior Court Judge Penny Haas Freesman responded: “He should be.”