Richie Sambora Gets Probation in DUI Case

UPDATED 04/22/2008 at 05:15 PM EDT Originally published 04/22/2008 at 01:25 PM EDT

Richie Sambora Gets Probation in DUI Case
Richie Sambora
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Richie Sambora pleaded guilty to one count of drunk driving in a Newport Beach, Calif. court Tuesday.

He was sentenced to three years probation, a three-month alcohol education class, and ordered to pay fees.

The Bon Jovi guitarist, 48,was not present in court, but a lawyer showed on his behalf.

The Laguna Beach Police had recommended that Sambora be charged with misdemeanor child endangerment, but prosecutors declined to pursue that charge.

Sambora was arrested in Laguna Beach on March 25 after police spotted him driving unsteadily in a Hummer H2. His blood alcohol level was tested at .13. (The California legal limit is .08).

In the car was Sambora's girlfriend, Jenn Mallini, his daughter, Ava, 10 (whose mother is Sambora's ex-wife Heather Locklear), and her teenage cousin.

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