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″Laugh-in” Star Jailed on Drugs Charges

April 23, 1986 GMT

NORTHAMPTON, England (AP) _ Judy Carne, the British actress best-known for her role in the zany 1960s TV show ″Laugh-in,″ was jailed for three months Wednesday on drug charges.

Miss Carne, 46, former wife of actor Burt Reynolds, appeared stunned when the sentence was handed down by Northampton Crown Court Judge Francis Allen. Two prison guards led her, trembling, from the dock.

Miss Carne had pleaded guilty to possessing cocaine and amphetamines last October at her home in the nearby village of Church Brampton and to trying to bring cocaine and marijuana through London’s Heathrow Airport last December.

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The judge sentenced Miss Carnes to three months in jail but suspended an additional six-month sentence. He denied a request for bail pending appeal of the judgment.

In requesting bail, lawyer Alan Mainds said Miss Carnes was ″a very fragile person with a fractious mental stability.″

″The pressure of going to prison will have a very dramatic effect on her,″ he said.

The actress, who appeared under her real name, Joyce Audrey Botterill, was free on 17,000 pounds ($25,800) bail on the first charge when she returned in December after going to New York to publicize her autobiography.

Reynolds, whom she accuses of violent behavior during their 1963-66 marriage, tried unsuccessfully to stop publication of the book, ″Laughing on the Outside, Crying onthe Inside.″

Prosecutors said drug squad officers found 2.5 grams of cocaine and 880 milligrams of amphetamines in a briefcase in a raid on Miss Carne’s home last October.

On her return to London from New York last December, Miss Carnes was stopped and searched by customs officers, who said they found 2.1 grams of cocaine and a small amount of marijuana in her pockets.

She admitted a 1982 conviction for possessing heroin.