DMX Heading To Jail On Drug, Cruelty Charges
The rapper, whose real name is Earl Simmons, pleaded to three felony charges and one misdemeanor count in Maricopa County Superior Court under a deal to settle three criminal cases against him. He also agreed not to own any animals or posses firearms.
Simmons, 38, is scheduled to be sentenced on Jan. 30. He remains in custody.
"I am pleased that this defendant will be held accountable for both his drug and animal cruelty offenses," said County Attorney Andrew Thomas in a statement. Simmons attorney Charles Kozelka could not immediately be reached for comment.
The rapper-turned-actor has been battling legal woes during the past year in Arizona, where he maintains 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 at the residence.
He also was charged with assuming someone's identity and providing false information during a trip to the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Ariz., in an alleged attempt to avoid paying the bill.
Simmons has missed several court appearances, causing a county court commissioner to issue bench warrants for his arrest. The latest warrant came earlier this month.
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