'American Idol 4' reject Leroy Wells avoids life term in shooting
UPI News Service, 03/15/2006
Infamous 2005 "American Idol" reject Leroy Wells has reached a plea agreement in Mobile, Ala., and avoided a possible life in prison sentence.
Wells, 24, pleaded guilty to second-degree assault instead of facing trial for attempted murder, the Mobile (Ala.) Register reported. He was sentenced to a year in jail with 10 years suspended.
Wells' incoherent, over-the-top "American Idol" audition became comic and Internet fodder, but by the time it aired last January, he was jailed for shooting a man in the buttocks. Those charges were dropped Monday because prosecutors were unable to find the victim, described as "an unreliable drug addict."