Todd Harrell, 3 Doors Down bassist, sentenced to jail time, rehab for 2nd DUI

The former bassist for 3 Doors Down pleaded no contest on Monday to a second-offence drug-related charge of driving while impaired.

Judge sentenced the 43-year-old musician to maximum one year in prison

In this D'Iberville, Miss., Police Department file photo released in 2014, 3 Doors Down bassist Todd Harrell poses for a photograph. The former 3 Doors Down bassist pleaded no contest Monday to a second-offence drug-related charge of driving while impaired. Authorities say Harrell was found slumped behind the wheel of an SUV in February 2014. (D'Iberville Police Department/AP Photo )

The former bassist for 3 Doors Down pleaded no contest on Monday to a second-offence drug-related charge of driving while impaired.

Todd Harrell did not appear in court in D'Iberville, on the Gulf Coast. An attorney entered the plea on his behalf, local media outlets reported.

Maximum sentence

A no-contest plea means Harrell neither admits nor disputes the charge. It is treated as an admission of guilt for sentencing.

Todd Harrell, seen here performing in 2011, was reportedly kicked out of 3 Doors Down after his first conviction. ( Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)
Municipal Judge Albert Fountain sentenced Harrell to the maximum one year in prison. Fountain suspended six months of the sentence. Harrell must admit himself to a drug and alcohol facility and attend a multiple-offenders program. After rehab, he'll have to spend six months behind bars.

Fountain said Harrell has indicated that he will appeal.

Harrell, 43, was arrested on the second-offence DUI charge Feb. 18, 2014. A police officer found him slumped over the steering wheel at a city intersection.

In Harrell's first DUI case in D'Iberville, he told police he had prescription drugs in his system when he rear-ended a car in July 2012. He was convicted, then appealed and was found guilty again.

The Sun Herald reports that the D'Iberville conviction and additional allegations cost him his job with 3 Doors Down, known for such hits as Kryptonite. He was a founding member.

Nine months after his first D'Iberville incident, Harrell was arrested in Nashville on a charge of vehicular homicide by intoxication. He was accused of driving impaired by prescription drugs and alcohol in the April 2013 fatal crash.

Harrell is under house arrest in Nashville for that case.

No trial date has been set, though a hearing is scheduled for March 27 on motions in the case.