McCready Accused of Violating Probation

Published August 29, 2005

| Associated Press

Country music singer Mindy McCready (search) is accused of violating her probation on a drug conviction, authorities said.

A spokeswoman for the Pinellas County sheriff's department said McCready was jailed Friday on an arrest warrant issued earlier this month.

According to the warrant, McCready left Tennessee without getting permission from her probation officer and didn't report to the officer during July.

Authorities said it is McCready's second probation violation, which means she cannot post bail this time and likely will have to serve time in jail.

The probation violations stem from charges brought against the singer last year, when she pleaded guilty to fraudulently obtaining the painkiller OxyContin. She was fined $4,000, sentenced to three years of supervised probation and ordered to perform 200 hours of community service.

McCready violated her probation in May when she was charged with driving under the influence in Nashville.

A few days later, McCready's boyfriend, William McKnight, was charged with attempted murder after allegedly breaking into her home and beating her.

McCready was released from a Florida hospital last month after an apparent suicide attempt at an Indian Rocks Beach hotel, authorities said.

The 28-year-old singer had a No. 1 hit in 1996 with "Guys Do It All the Time."

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