'Billy the Exterminator' Guilty in Drug Case
May 02, 2013
William "Billy" Bretherton -- star of A&E's reality series Billy the Exterminator -- has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor count of possessing synthetic marijuana.
The star's attorney told the Associated Press that Bretherton was put on probation for a year during a hearing earlier this month in the northwest Louisiana municipality of Bossier Parish.
The lawyer said his client -- who was given a suspended 60-day jail term and fined $500 -- agreed to undergo substance abuse evaluation and treatment. He added that the reality star's probation requires him to also complete community service and undergo regular drug and alcohol testing.
Billy and his wife Mary were arrested in April 2012 after police answered a 911 hang-up call from a hotel room and found the couple in possession of synthetic marijuana and a device often used to smoke drugs.
Police got an arrest warrant in June after tests found synthetic marijuana on the device and the two were booked with one count each of possession of synthetic marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. Both charges against Mary Bretherton and the paraphernalia citation against her husband were dropped.
A&E has so far not commented on the case involving the spiky-haried star of Billy the Exterminator, which follows Bretherton as he responds to requests to trap or kill various pests.