DMX gets probation in Arizona

The Associated PressJune 9, 2009 

Rapper DMX was sentenced Monday to more than a year of probation, avoiding more time in Arizona jails after spending two years in and out of the state's legal system.

DMX, whose real name is Earl Simmons, pleaded guilty in May to attempted aggravated assault after authorities said he threw a meal tray at a jail officer. He had been in jail serving a sentence for felony theft, drug possession and animal cruelty.

In the latest incident, he was sentenced in Maricopa County Superior Court to 18 months of supervised probation and ordered to pay various fines and fees. He also was credited with time served and was allowed to serve his probation and undergo a counseling program in Florida, where he planned to return.

"Don't misunderstand me. It's a beautiful state, it's a beautiful city. But the powers that be have it out for me. It kind of taints my view," he said in Phoenix.

Simmons said he planned to work on a new album.

In 2007, Maricopa deputies raided his north Phoenix home, where they seized pit bulls, weapons and marijuana. In 2008, he was arrested for speeding on a Phoenix freeway, and Maricopa authorities later said Simmons went to a Scottsdale clinic and gave a false name to receive care with the intention of not paying.

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