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Charlie Sheen's Ineligibility For Work Release Program Led To Plea Deal Delay

Jun. 9 2010, Published 9:40 a.m. ET

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Charlie Sheen’s plea deal collapsed because he was not eligible for the work release program his lawyers had planned on, RadarOnline.com has learned.

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The program is only open for local Colorado residents with local jobs. Instead, Sheen must serve in the Useful Public Service program.

In the Useful Public Service program, there is a prohibition on tobacco use. Also, Sheen can only be out of jail between 10 am and 4 pm (instead of 8 am to 8 pm in the work release program).

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“He could still do the Theatre Aspen but there would have to be appropriate concessions put in place," a source told RadarOnline.com. “The lawyers did not realize that he didn’t qualify for work release and they were caught off guard with the tougher restrictions of Useful Public Service.

News of the collapsed plea deal took everyone by surprise on Monday although it will mean an extra month of free time for the troubled star.

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Theatre Aspen Artistic Director Paige Price told RadarOnline.com that he would have been permitted to smoke when he was working with them, under the Useful Public Service criteria this would not be permitted.

RadarOnline.com had previously reported how Sheen’s attorneys had asked local officials if he could smoke while he was being housed inside cushy Pitkin County Jail. Prison officials turned down their request although they would permit the actor to wear nicotine patches while he was behind bars.

Sheen’s case was continued until July 12 so that both sides could re-work the final points of the plea deal.

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