‘Pawn Stars’ star Chumlee taking plea deal to avoid jail

Austin Lee Russell, better known as Chumlee from the TV series "Pawn Stars," appears in court Monday, May 23, 2016, in Las Vegas. Russell and his lawyers told a Las Vegas judge he intends to plead guilty in state court to felony weapon and misdemeanor attempted drug possession charges. (AP Photo/John Locher)

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A star of the reality show “Pawn Stars” is taking a plea deal that could spare him jail time in a case stemming from the discovery of guns, marijuana and other drugs at his Las Vegas home.

Austin Lee Russell, known as “Chumlee” on the TV series, told a judge Monday that he intends to plead guilty to a felony weapon charge and a misdemeanor count of attempted drug possession.

The agreement will get him counseling and three years’ probation.

Russell and his attorneys didn’t comment outside court. They’re due back June 1 to enter his pleas.

Russell was arrested March 9 after police found a small arsenal of weapons, a gallon plastic bag of pot, anxiety medication and a small amount of methamphetamine at his home.

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