Rapper Nate Dogg (real name: Nathaniel Dawayne Hale) was sentenced to three years probation after pleading no contest to a misdemeanor charge of possessing an unmarked firearm. On Tuesday, a Norwalk,

Rapper Nate Dogg (real name: Nathaniel Dawayne Hale) was sentenced to three years probation after pleading no contest to a misdemeanor charge of possessing an unmarked firearm. On Tuesday, a Norwalk, Calif., judge also ordered Hale to pay a $1,000 fine. The 32-year-old rapper had faced a felony charge of being a felon in possession of a firearm, which was dropped as a result of the plea, said his lawyer, Mark Geragos.

Hale was arrested June 18, 2000, for allegedly kidnapping his girlfriend from her mother's house, holding her against her will, assaulting her, and setting a car on fire. Those charges were dismissed at a preliminary hearing in March.

Hale got his start with rappers Snoop Dogg and Warren G in a Long Beach, Calif.-area group. He later recorded with Dr. Dre on "The Chronic" and appeared on Snoop Dogg's "Doggystyle." His 1998 solo album, "G-Funk Classics Vol. 1" (Breakaway/Dogg Foundation) debuted at No. 20 on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and at No. 58 on The Billboard 200.


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