Harry Potter Actor Gets Community Service for Pot Charges

By: Celebuzz / July 21, 2009

Jamie Waylett got a pretty good 20th birthday present today. 

E! Online reports that Waylett, who plays Harry Potter bully Vincent Crabbe, has received 120 hours of community service after pleading guilty to growing marijuana in his mother’s home.

The actor, who coincidentally turned the big 2-0 on Tuesday, was initially arrested in April and faced up to 14 years in jail. However, during a hearing, a judge determined that Waylett’s pot cultivation was “small scale” and he had already expressed remorse for growing the weed.

“I give you credit for pleading guilty at the earliest opportunity, your cooperation with police and the fact that you are, until now, a man of good character,” the judge told Waylett during the hearing.

Outside the courthouse, Waylett further expressed his remorse for the incident, stating, “I extend my sincere apologies to the producers, cast and crew and all at Warners and most especially to all Harry Potter fans.”

Let us know in the comments section: Do you think that 120 hours of community service is a fair sentence, or was Waylett given preferential treatment because he’s in show-biz?