Dan Bilzerian won’t be seeing the inside of a jail cell anytime soon, though there’s the chance you might be seeing him on video the next time you look into camping on federal lands.
Bilzerian managed to arrange a plea deal with prosecutors in Nevada that will allow him to avoid any prison time but will require him to shoot a PSA for the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).
On Friday, lawyer David Chesnoff appeared in front of Las Vegas Justice of the Peace Joe Sciscento on Bilzerian’s behalf to plead no contest to one misdemeanor charge of negligently failing to extinguish a fire in the open.
That was a much lesser charge than the felony explosive charges that Bilzerian and friend Jeremy Guymon could have potentially faced: charges that could have included fines of up to $10,000 and several years in jail.
Defendants Responsible for Clean-Up Costs, Bilzerian Must Shoot PSA
Instead, Bilzerian and Guymon only required to pay for the clean-up costs on the BLM land, with Bilzerian chipping in over $17,000 and Guymon a little under $3,000.
Bilzerian will also be required to appear in a public service announcement video for the BLM, one that will help explain what should not be done on publically-owned land.
The case against the two men began on November 4, when police allege that Bilzerian and Guymon loaded up a tractor-trailer cab with more than 90 pounds of an explosive powder which was packed inside a cooler.
They then fired a rifle from some distance away to detonate the explosives, destroying the truck and scattering parts over an area of 300 yards. It also led to a small wildfire that was quickly contained.
Police quickly focused their investigation on Bilzerian. Guymon was found driving Bilzerian’s truck only a short distance away soon after the explosion, and Bilzerian himself took to social media to brag about firing off a rifle in the area.
Arrests Came in Los Angeles in December
In December, both men were arrested for possession of explosive materials at Los Angeles International Airport on a Clark County warrant that had been filed on November 13. But on Friday, their lawyers were in court to see the two men found guilty of much lesser misdemeanors, ones that won’t come with any jail time or special prohibitions.
“Both parties are stipulating that this is not a crime of moral turpitude,” said Chesnoff.
In addition, neither federal nor local prosecutors appear to have any interest in attempting to get more significant charges pressed against the defendants.
“It is largely unnecessary to go further based on the conditions of the plea and the facts of this case,” said prosecutor David Stanton.
Bilzerian, who has spent time as a professional poker player and occasionally worked as an actor, has also had more than his fair share of run-ins with the law over the past year.
In 2014 alone, he filed a lawsuit over the size of his role in the film Lone Survivor, faced one aimed at him from an adult film actress who was hurt after he threw her off of a house roof during a Hustler magazine photo shoot, and then got kicked out of a Miami nightclub after he kicked a woman in the face during a brawl.