Rapper DMX sentenced to 90 days in jail

Fri Jan 30, 2009 7:25pm EST
 
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PHOENIX (Reuters) - A judge in Arizona sentenced rapper DMX to 90 days in jail on Friday on drug, theft and animal cruelty charges.

The 38-year-old rapper, whose real name is Earl Simmons, has been in custody since December.

Maricopa County Superior Court Commissioner Phemonia Miller gave Simmons no credit for time served and placed him on 18 months of supervised probation.

The rapper turned actor, whose hit albums include "Year of the Dog ... Again" and "It's Dark and Hell is Hot," has been in legal trouble during the past year in Arizona, where he keeps a home near Phoenix.

In May, he was arrested on drug and animal cruelty charges after sheriff's deputies raided his home. Authorities found dog carcasses and malnourished pit bulls.

He also was charged with assuming someone's identity and giving false information during a trip to the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Arizona, in a suspected attempt to avoid paying the bill.

Simmons had pleaded guilty to the charges to settle three criminal cases against him and agreed not to own animals or possess firearms.

"After several run-ins with the law, Mr. Simmons is finally being held accountable for his actions. We will continue to prosecute aggressively all cases involving cruelty to animals," county attorney Andrew Thomas said in a statement.

Simmons' attorney could not immediately be reached for comment.

(Reporting by Tim Gaynor; Editing by Jill Serjeant and Xavier Briand)

 
<p>Rapper Earl "DMX" Simmons is shown in this Maricopa County Sheriff's Department booking photograph taken on July 2, 2008. REUTERS/Maricopa County Sheriff Department/Handout</p>