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Mother_Marjorie
Mar 29th, 2006, 05:46 AM
Ex-Village People singer faces jail
'Policeman' Victor Willis facing drug, gun charges

Wednesday, March 29, 2006; Posted: 12:39 a.m. EST (05:39 GMT)

SAN FRANCISCO, California (Reuters) -- The singer who dressed as a policeman in the flamboyant late 1970s disco band "Village People" has been arrested after disappearing while drug and gun charges against him were pending, officials said on Monday.

Victor Willis, who co-wrote some of the band's hits such as "In the Navy" and "YMCA" has had a number of run-ins with the law since he left the group in 1980 and now faces as much as five years in prison, said Morley Pitt, assistant district attorney in San Mateo County south of San Francisco.

"It's just sad that his life has spiraled down to the point where in all likelihood he's going to go to prison," Pitt, who said he enjoys the song "YMCA", told Reuters. "You never like to see anybody go to prison, let alone somebody who is 54 years old."

Willis was arrested last year on charges of possessing a gun and cocaine, but he disappeared after agreeing to a plea deal that set a maximum sentence of 16 months behind bars, Pitt said.

He was re-arrested on Sunday and the singer is due in court on Tuesday.

Because he went missing, the San Francisco-area resident now faces as much as four years, four months in prison on those charges, as well as an additional eight months on possible new narcotics charges, Pitt said.

Easily remembered for their outlandish costumes including a construction worker, a policeman, a cowboy and a leather-clad biker, the Village People were one of the best known bands of the disco era. Their song "YMCA" is also a favorite gay anthem

darrinbaker00
Mar 29th, 2006, 05:53 AM
Mr. Willis will certainly be very popular with the inmates..... :tape:

Kunal
Mar 29th, 2006, 06:14 AM
Y what C aye?

Kunal
Mar 29th, 2006, 06:30 AM
still hasnt earned the respect if u ask me

meyerpl
Mar 29th, 2006, 06:38 AM
Wow. Police Officers who get sent to the joint have a really rough time.

Jakeev
Mar 29th, 2006, 10:58 AM
I hear the guy that played the cowboy is very successful as an entertainer today. So not all is bad I guess.