Kings center Jarret Stoll's future brightened drastically Thursday, as his felony cocaine possession charge was dismissed and reduced to two misdemeanors.
Stoll was arrested in April at the Wet Republic pool at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nev., for suspicion of possessing cocaine and ecstasy and, earlier this week, received the felony cocaine charge. If convicted, Stoll faced a maximum of four years in a state prison, though he could've received a suspended sentence and probation at the discretion of a judge. But the felony charge was dismissed after Stoll pleaded guilty to two misdemeanors.
As Katie Strang of ESPN.com reports, the misdemeanors are "provoking commission of breach of peace" and "trespass. 120 days to complete 32 hours of community service." Stoll will perform his community service with the Salvation Army and organize a hockey program for at-risk youths in the Las Vegas area.
"Now that the case has been resolved, I am committed to meeting all of my obligations to the court and am grateful for the chance to offer guidance and share positive life lessons to kids as part of the resolution of this matter," Stoll said in a statement. "My focus remains on hockey, and I am looking forward to getting back on the ice next season."
Stoll, 33 is now free to sign with any NHL team as an unrestricted free agent starting July 1.
Credit to the Los Angeles Times' Lisa Dillman for reporting on news breaks, including Thursday's, throughout the Stoll case.
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