Judge drops all charges against Anna Nicole Smith's longtime companion Howard K Stern.
After a lengthy trial and 13 days of jury deliberations, Howard K. Stern and Dr. Khristine Eroshevich were convicted by a jury on October 28 of various charges accusing them of illegally procuring drugs for the former Playboy playmate before she died.
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES (JANUARY 6, 2011) REUTERS - A judge dismissed all charges against the late Anna Nicole Smith's longtime companion, Howard K. Stern, and dropped all charges except one against her psychiatrist, who was sentenced to a year probation and a 100 dollar fine on Thursday (January 6).
Citing "insufficient evidence," Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Robert J. Perry dropped both charges remaining against Stern and three of the four charges against Eroshevich, and reduced the fourth to unlawfully obtaining a prescription by giving a false name.
Prosecutors had sought five years probation for both defendants.
Smith, the model and actress famous for marrying an 89-year-old oil billionaire, died in Florida in 2007 at age 39 from an accidental prescription drug overdose.