George Clinton sentenced

Associated Press

Funk musician George Clinton has pleaded no contest to two misdemeanor drug paraphernalia charges.

Clinton, 63, was sentenced to 200 hours of community service and two years of probation. He was also fined $372 in court costs.

The musician was arrested in December as he sat in a car near his Tallahassee, Fla., recording studio. Police said that when they approached, he volunteered that he had cocaine in his pocket. He was found with a bag of crack cocaine and a glass pipe, police said.

Clinton, who is scheduled to begin a tour Aug. 27, hoped to teach free music education courses as part of his community-service work.