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Bruno Mars Prosecutor Gets Nine Months on Drug Charges

Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department(LAS VEGAS) -- A former Las Vegas prosecutor who handled high-profile drug cases against Paris Hilton and Bruno Mars will experience another side of the justice system after being ordered to spend nine months in jail on felony crack possession charges.

During a sentencing hearing Tuesday, former Deputy District Attorney David Schubert apologized to the court for what he called a “tragedy,” then stood in silence while Clark County District Judge Carolyn Ellsworth handed down his sentence. Ellsworth ordered Schubert to serve three years of probation, which includes paying a $5,000 fine and spending nine months in the county jail in lieu of serving a two- to three-year prison term.  

Schubert was arrested last March after police found $40 of crack cocaine and an unregistered 9 mm handgun in his car. He pleaded guilty in September to a felony charge of unlawful possession of a controlled substance not for sale.

Thom Gover, the chief deputy attorney general prosecuting the case, said he did not expect the judge’s decision to be as severe as it was.

“It was within the plea deal,” Gover told ABC News, although he said that judge’s decision was “not typical.”

Ellsworth was the second judge to handle the Schubert’s sentencing after a previous judge recused himself for being unable to remain impartial.

According to the Las Vegas Sun, Clark County District Court Judge Douglas Herndon, who previously worked with Schubert at the district attorney’s office, refused to sentence his former colleague after finding the proposed plea deal too lenient.

“You’re getting a better deal than people you’ve prosecuted, and I don’t think that’s just and proper,” Herndon told Schubert during a December court hearing, according to the Las Vegas Sun.

Schubert must surrender by March 12 to begin his jail sentence.

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Celebrity Drug Case Prosecutor Is Charged with Buying Crack Cocaine

Medioimages/Photodisc/ThinkStock(LAS VEGAS) -- The tables have turned on a Las Vegas deputy district attorney who earned a name for himself prosecuting high-profile celebrities accused of drug crimes. He has now been arrested for allegedly buying crack cocaine from a street dealer.

David Schubert, 47, a veteran prosecutor who pressed charges against Paris Hilton and singer Bruno Mars, was arrested Saturday after police watched a suspected drug dealer hop into his BMW. The police found crack in the car after pulling it over, according to an arrest report.

District Attorney David Roger said he was informed of the arrest almost immediately and Schubert had been "suspended pending termination."

"I am very much surprised by the arrest," Roger said of his colleague. "I never saw anything to suggest he was abusing crack cocaine."

Schubert, who worked at the D.A.'s office since 2002, could lose his job and be permanently disbarred, Roger said.

"David has always been a professional and will have the same rights as anyone else. He is entitled to a fair trial," the district attorney said.

Rogers said prosecution will be turned over the Nevada Attorney General's office to avoid a conflict of interest.

The arresting officer said the man accused of dealing Schubert drugs told cops the attorney had "been coming in the area for approximately six to seven months to purchase narcotics," according to court documents.

The accused dealer, Raymond Streeter, said Schubert "would come by the area three to four times a week and use Raymond to purchase $40 worth of cocaine."

The cop said he saw "a white, rocklike substance" that he believed to be cocaine in plain view.

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