Chumlee Arrest Update: 3-Year Probation Begins As ‘Pawn Star’ Goes Amish?

Effie Orfanides - Author

Nov. 17 2016, Updated 3:23 a.m. ET

Chumlee was in court this morning, two months after he was arrested in his Las Vegas-area home. The Pawn Stars appraiser went before a judge to learn his fate after he was offered a plea deal.

As previously reported by the Inquisitr, Chumlee, whose real name is Austin Russell, agreed to the plea deal which would keep him out of jail. Rather than face the laundry list of charges filed against him, Chumlee agreed to plead guilty to just two felonies, both of which are expected to be reduced to misdemeanors after Chum serves his time on probation, according to News 3 Las Vegas.

This, of course, saves him a major headache.

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“Russell will be on probation for three years and will avoid jail time unless he fails to complete probation. The two felony charges will eventually become misdemeanors once he completes probation.”

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Chumlee’s March arrest had many people wondering if the reality star would be spending the next several years of his life in jail. Police reportedly found all kinds of drugs and guns inside his home while they were searching for some kind of evidence related to a sexual abuse claim made against him. Authorities never found sufficient evidence to charge Chumlee in that case, so he pretty much knew that he wouldn’t be facing any surprises in court today.

What police did find, however, seemed to imply that Chumlee was dealing drugs. Police even wrote this in their official report, stating that the way in which the drugs were stored appeared to be the way that a drug dealer would keep a stash.

Those claims didn’t get far and Chumlee wasn’t charged with dealing drugs.

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After several weeks of radio silence, Chumlee recently got back on social media and began interacting with fans again. Of course, the question on everyone’s minds at this point is whether or not Chum will be back on Pawn Stars or if his recent run-in with the law will end his time on reality television.

Chumlee hasn’t made mention of his Pawn Stars gig, but has posted some photos and some other things suggesting that he is still a part of the show. The History Channel has not released a statement of any kind in regard to Chumlee’s arrest and subsequent punishment.

Meanwhile, some fans have moved on from Chumlee’s arrest and legal issues to his apparent “new” look. Chum was wearing an interesting get-up in court today and it made some social media users joking about him looking Amish.

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