NY musician arrested amid Philip Seymour Hoffman death investigation spared jail



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NEW YORK — A friend of Philip Seymour Hoffman who was arrested on drug charges after the actor's overdose death won't face jail time.

Robert Vineberg pleaded guilty Thursday to heroin possession. He was ordered to serve five years' probation.

The plea deal came after prosecutors dropped a more serious drug charge that could have resulted in jail and Vineberg's deportation to his native Canada. A prosecutor cited evidence issues as the reason for dropping the charge.

The 58-year-old Vineberg was arrested as police followed leads after Hoffman's Feb. 2 death from a combination of heroin, cocaine and other drugs. He was never charged with having a role in the "Capote" Oscar winner's death.

The jazz musician has said he and Hoffman were friends but hadn't been in touch since late last year.

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