Trick Daddy Avoids Jail On Drug Charges

Rapper Trick Daddy avoided prison by pleading guilty to cocaine and weapons charges, but he will make 24 free appearances to speak to children about the dangers of guns, AIDS, drugs and violence.

Rapper Trick Daddy avoided prison by pleading guilty to cocaine and weapons charges, but he will make 24 free appearances to speak to children about the dangers of guns, AIDS, drugs and violence. Assistant State Attorney Stacy Glick said today (Dec. 22) that Trick Daddy, whose real name is Maurice Young, will speak at high schools in troubled neighborhoods.

"I hope that these youngsters will learn lessons from his life that they don't want to happen in their own lives," she said.

Glick said the rapper, 29, entered his plea Thursday. Under the plea bargain, the most serious felony charge, aggravated assault with a firearm, was reduced to a misdemeanor, improper display of a deadly weapon or firearm. He also pled guilty to two felonies: possession of a firearm by a felon and possession of cocaine, as well as misdemeanor marijuana possession.

The prosecutor said Trick Daddy will be placed on three years of supervised probation and also will have to attend an anger control course.

The artist was arrested after a February dispute and then again in September after police found cocaine and marijuana in his shirt pocket. In 1991, he was convicted of cocaine possession, carrying a concealed weapon and violating probation and served 30 months in state prison.

The rapper's attorney, David S. Markus, did not immediately return a call today seeking comment.


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