Rolling Stone Keith Richards was given a light sentence of one year's probation on charges of possing heroin, when he appeared in a Toronto courtroom on Tuesday (24 October).
LV Keith Richards and lawyers arriving at court in Toronto.
CU Fan speaking.
SCU Girl wearing T-shirt with slogan "Free Keith".
CU Fan speaking.
SV PAN Richards seated in car leaving court surrounded by fans and newsmen.
FAN:"It's going to help him; he's going to kick his habit, and it will help us. They're still going to be able to put out records."
FAN:"He's not like everyone of us. He's different. He's Keith."
BYGRAVES:"Richards was then rushed away from the courthouse, and his aides began making plans for his benefit concert for the blind, which must be held here within six months. David Bygraves, CBC News, Toronto.
Rolling Stones singer Mick Jagger, said on Wednesday (25 October) that all the Rolling Stones would play in the benefit concert.
REPORTER: DAVID BYGRAVES
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Background: Rolling Stone Keith Richards was given a light sentence of one year's probation on charges of possing heroin, when he appeared in a Toronto courtroom on Tuesday (24 October). Charges of drug trafficking had been dropped, but Richards had faced up to seven years' jail if convicted possession. Judge Lloyd Graburn said he thought a jail term was pointless for the Rolling Stone's guitarist, who was found with twenty-two grams of heroin in his Toronto hotel room in February, 1977. The judge took into account the submitted medical reports, which said Richards had overcome his drug addiction. In a surprise move, the judge ordered Richards to appear in a concert for the Canadian National Institute for the Blind as part of his sentence.