Pete Doherty to be released from prison

May 2, 2008 at 10:34 AM
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LONDON, May 2 (UPI) -- Troubled British rock star Pete Doherty is scheduled to be released from prison after serving only 29 days of a 14-week sentence, officials report.

The 29-year-old Babyshambles frontman, who has been battling an addiction to drugs for years, was jailed after he failed to adhere to the terms of his suspended sentence for drug possession.

He is due to be released from prison Tuesday, Britain's Sun newspaper said Friday.

A friend told the newspaper Doherty's time behind bars hasn't inspired him to stay sober.

"He's planning to go straight to play a gig -- and then get smashed," the friend claimed. "He wants no business appointments for three days -- so he can really go for it."

The Sun said Doherty's sentence has been cut in half and another 18 days deducted as part of a plan to ease prison overcrowding.

Doherty also got credit for two days spent in police custody.

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