the republic logo

NY musician arrested amid Philip Seymour Hoffman death investigation spared jail

bug
Share/Save/Bookmark

NEW YORK — A friend of Philip Seymour Hoffman who was arrested on drug charges after the actor's overdose death won't face jail time.

Robert Vineberg pleaded guilty Thursday to heroin possession. He was ordered to serve five years' probation.

The plea deal came after prosecutors dropped a more serious drug charge that could have resulted in jail and Vineberg's deportation to his native Canada. A prosecutor cited evidence issues as the reason for dropping the charge.

The 58-year-old Vineberg was arrested as police followed leads after Hoffman's Feb. 2 death from a combination of heroin, cocaine and other drugs. He was never charged with having a role in the "Capote" Oscar winner's death.

The jazz musician has said he and Hoffman were friends but hadn't been in touch since late last year.

Get all your favorite Entertainment news by following our Entertainment feed on Twitter! Click Here!

 

Think your friends should see this? Share it with them!

Story copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Feedback, Corrections and Other Requests: AP welcomes feedback and comments from readers. Send an email to info@ap.org and it will be forwarded to the appropriate editor or reporter.


We also have more stories about:
(click the phrases to see a list)

Category:

Follow The Republic:

All content copyright ©2014 The Republic, a division of Home News Enterprises unless otherwise noted.
All rights reserved. Privacy policy.