A disagreement over the terms of Charlie Sheen's proposed work release has held up a plea deal in the domestic dispute case, according to a lawyer involved in the negotiations.
Attorney Yale Galanter said Tuesday that the final paperwork submitted to a judge would have placed Sheen under stringent rules while out of jail working at theater company, including not being able to smoke. Under the useful service program, he would have to follow jail rules while in town, such as only eating jail-provided meals, or face sanctions.
The jail also offers less strict work release arrangements, allowing people to report to their day jobs and essentially act as regular citizens during the day. However, Pitkin County sheriff's spokeswoman Deputy Marie Munday said that's intended for locals who need to keep their jobs while serving time. She said Sheen didn't qualify because he's not a resident with an existing job.
Galanter said he didn't learn that Sheen would be in the more strict program until just before Sheen's court hearing Monday.
Prosecutor Arnold Mordkin didn't immediately return a call seeking comment on the nature of the plea deal problems, which were first reported by The Aspen Times.
Galanter said Sheen had worked out an agreement to plead guilty to a misdemeanor assault charge in exchange for dropping more serious charges against him. That deal calls for Sheen to serve a 30-day sentence and to be able to leave jail during the day to work at Theatre Aspen.
Galanter said the smoking restrictions were a small part of the disagreement, adding that Sheen had been approved to get nicotine patches while in custody.
Under the work release program, the only restrictions would be that Sheen travel to and from work and refrain from drugs and alcohol.
"It's not worth it to set him up for failure," Galanter said of the stricter program.
The actor’s legal team is hoping to swiftly resolve the last-minute dispute that derailed the deal.
"Hopefully we will be able to work (to) fix the outstanding issues in the near future," Galanter told Reuters.
Sheen had been expected to enter his plea during Monday's hearing but, after some last-minute negotiations, prosecutors asked for more time to work out the details. The judge set a new hearing for July 12.
The Associated Press and Reuters contributed to this report.