Austin Lee “Chumlee” Russell, from the reality television show “Pawn Stars,” is expected to plead guilty to a drug charge and avoid jail time
The 33-year-old Russell faces one count of ownership or possession of a firearm by a prohibited person and one count of attempted possession of a controlled substance. In an agreement with prosecutors, the gun charge would be stayed, while Russell would plead guilty to the drug charge, a gross misdemeanor, and receive three years’ probation.
Authorities served a search warrant at Russell’s house as part of a sexual assault investigation and found methamphetamine, marijuana and firearms, according to police
Russell was initially arrested on 19 charges of drug possession and a single charge of possessing a gun by a prohibited person and released on $62,000 bail.
As part of the deal, Russell must undergo counseling and forfeit all the property seized by police during a March 9 search of his home, Chesnoff said.
A complaint filed last week lists 11 rifles and handguns found on that date.
Should Russell complete probation, the gun charge would be dismissed. But if he fails, he could be found guilty of the felony and face two to five years in prison.
He is due back in court next week.
He continues to work with the pawn shop, though the show has been on hiatus from filming for several months, according to his publicist, Laura Herlovich.