MALIBU, Calif. (AP) _ Even though he violated his probation by using drugs, Charlie Sheen will stay out of jail.
A judge decided on Monday to extend the actor’s probation for an extra year instead of sending him to jail, saying that drug rehabilitation was a better solution.
Sheen, the star of ``Wall Street″ and ``Platoon,″ had been on probation since June 1997 after pleading no contest to knocking his then-girlfriend to the floor.
In May, Sheen was hospitalized for use of an undisclosed illegal drug. Sheen’s father, actor Martin Sheen, asked prosecutors to charge his son with violating probation.
Gloria Allred, the attorney for Sheen’s former girlfriend, argued that Sheen deserved a year in jail.
But Municipal Judge Lawrence Mira ordered Sheen to remain on probation until June 2000. Sheen also must complete 300 hours of community service and submit to regular drug and alcohol testing.
``I’m in a much better place these days,″ Sheen said outside court. ``It’s nice to have my health back. I’m really looking forward to getting back to work.″