WACO, Texas — Texas country singer-songwriter Billy Joe Shaver has been fined $1,000 after pleading no contest to a misdemeanor gun charge.
The charge arose from a 2007 shooting outside a Waco-area saloon. In April, a jury acquitted the 70-year-old Shaver of aggravated assault in the wounding of Billy Coker outside the saloon near Lorena. Shaver contended he shot Coker in self-defense.
He pleaded no contest to the gun charge for allegedly having a .22-caliber pistol in the bar, which is illegal. He agreed to forfeit of the gun.
So, he forfeits the offending gun but gets to keep the other 15 he keeps at home. That's Texas Justice for you - white guy with guns, slap on the wrist, black guy with guns, straight to Huntsville. I know I'm exaggerating a little, but you get the point.
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