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Charlie Sheen plea deal hits snag

entertainment Updated: Jun 08, 2010 18:12 IST

Charlie SheenCharlie Sheen must wait at least another month to learn his punishment for a domestic violence charge after a plea deal that would have sent the actor to jail hit a snag on Monday.

Sheen, 44, had been scheduled to enter a guilty plea to a single misdemeanor charge at a hearing in Aspen, Colorado, following a Christmas Day incident where he allegedly held his wife Brooke Mueller at knifepoint.

The star of television sitcom Two and a Half Men and Oscar-nominated films such as Platoon and Wall Street was reportedly set to receive a 30-day jail term in exchange for the guilty plea.

However Monday's hearing ended with both defense and prosecuting attorneys asking for more time to continue negotiations. A further hearing was scheduled for early July.

Sheen was arrested on December 25 in the celebrity-packed mountain ski resort on charges he threatened Mueller during a violent argument at a rented holiday home. Lawyers for Mueller later asked authorities to drop the charges, but prosecutors refused.

Defense attorneys had negotiated with prosecutors, hoping to avoid prison time for the popular actor, but apparently the agreement was held up in pre-hearing discussions Monday. Both sides asked 9th Judicial District Judge James Boyd for more time to continue negotiations.

After several entanglements with the law in the 1990s in cases related to drugs, domestic violence and prostitution, Sheen is now one of the best-paid TV comedians thanks to Two and a Half Men and Spin City.

In 1997, the actor was tried for attacking his girlfriend at his California home. He has also been accused of assaulting his ex-wife actress Denise Richards, a former James Bond girl.

Mueller gave birth to the couple's twin boys Max and Bob last year. Sheen also has two daughters from Richards, whom he divorced in 2006 after a four-year marriage, and a 23-year-old daughter from a previous relationship.