Rapper Juvenile, accused of hitting a man on the head with a champagne bottle and grabbing a police officer, pleaded guilty today (Feb. 21) in Miami to felony battery and was sentenced to 75 hours of
Rapper Juvenile, accused of hitting a man on the head with a champagne bottle and grabbing a police officer, pleaded guilty today (Feb. 21) in Miami to felony battery and was sentenced to 75 hours of community service. Juvenile, whose real name is Terius Gray, will also be on unsupervised probation for one year, donate $5,000 to a local children's charity, and pay $782 in court costs as part of a plea deal. If he violates his probation, he would face a possible five years in prison.
"I'm good, man," Juvenile told reporters as he left the courtroom, declining further comment.
The 27-year-old New Orleans resident, whose hits include "Ha" and "Back That Thang Up," had faced a possible 15-year sentence on the original charges of aggravated battery, battery on a law enforcement officer, disorderly conduct, and resisting arrest without violence. Prosecutor Teresa Williams said she agreed to the deal because none of the other brawlers had been arrested.
On March 28, 2001, four fights started outside a Miami comedy club, including one where Juvenile allegedly hit Jackson Saint Ange with a champagne bottle, knocking him unconscious. After the fight, Juvenile allegedly ran over to a police officer, grabbed him, and yelled obscenities, saying he wanted to be arrested rather than another person whom officers had detained.
Saint Ange's attorney, Andrew Boros, told Judge Bertila Soto that his client agreed with the plea deal and had settled a civil lawsuit against Juvenile for an undisclosed sum.
Juvenile still faces legal trouble in New Orleans, where he was arrested late last month on cocaine possession. He also faces a simple robbery charge from an incident in September.
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