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Joe Francis pleads no contest in Panama City

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Tbdjoefrancis031308_2 Girls Gone Wild founder Joe Francis pleaded no contest to child abuse and prostitution charges in Panama City on Wednesday, settle a case that began in 2003.

Fox New reports Judge Deede Costello sentenced the video kingpin to 339 days in jail, giving him credit for the last year he’s languished in jail in Bay County and Reno, Nev. That means Francis’ court troubles in Florida are over with, and he can stay out of jail on bond until his federal tax evasion trial begins in Nevada.

“I am happy to be done with Bay County,” Francis told TMZ.com. He’s on six months’ probation and will get back $60,000 and a Ferarri Bay County confiscated from him last year, but the big news is that he’s not allowed to film in the area for three years. Just wait until that big comeback video in 2011!

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[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:37am]

    

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