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Willie Nelson Fined $500 in Marijuana Case

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In this Nov. 7, 2010 photo, Willie Nelson performs before the start of the NASCAR AAA Texas 500 auto race at Texas Motor Speedway, in Fort Worth, Texas. (AP2010)

Willie Nelson can breath easy again in Texas. TMZ has learned the singer struck a plea deal in his marijuana case and will not have to do any hard time.

Sources close to Nelson tell TMZ  that the singer agreed to plead no contest to misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia stemming from an incident last year, when cops say they found weed on the singer's tour bus at a border checkpoint.

Nelson was originally charged with marijuana possession, but the singer worked out a deal with prosecutors in which they agreed to reduce the charge in exchange for a no contest plea.

As part of the deal, Nelson has also agreed to pay a $500 fine. And if he can stay out of trouble for 30 days, the judge will dismiss the case entirely.

Nelson's lawyer, Joe Turner, tells TMZ, "Willie is glad to have it all behind him. Everyone was very fair."

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