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Currington pleads out in boating incident

Friday, September 27, 2013 – Billy Currington pleaded no contest to a charge he abused an elderly person in return for a five-year probated sentence on Friday.

The sentence resulted from an April boating confrontation with a 70-year-old Tybee Island resident, Charles Harvey Ferrelle. Prosecutors dismissed a charge of terroristic threats as part of the negotiated plea.

Currington, 39, also was fined $1,000 and ordered to undergo an anger management course. Currington must have no contact with Ferrelle.

Currington's attorney Alex Zipperer said the singer was "extraordinarily embarrassed" by the incident. "It certainly won't happen in the future."

In the April 15 incident, Ferrelle, a boat captain, was taking two people on an eco tour of Tybee and as they sailed past Currington's docks, Currington began screaming at Ferrelle. On the return, Currington followed Ferrelle's vessel to a restaurant, where he gave a profanity-laced tirade and threatened Ferrelle. Currington appeared to videotape the incident. Police executed a search warrant at Currington's home on April 22 and recovered the video camera and video, which confirmed Ferrelle's account.

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