Nate Dogg Gets Probation In Pot Case

Rapper Nate Dogg was sentenced to one year of probation in Kingman, Ariz., after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor charge of possession of marijuana.

Rapper Nate Dogg was sentenced to one year of probation in Kingman, Ariz., after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor charge of possession of marijuana. The rapper, whose real name is Nathaniel Dawayne Hale, was arrested April 12 after his tour bus was stopped for speeding and a search turned up marijuana and a loaded, stolen gun.

Hale, 32, also received a $4,400 fine on Friday and was ordered to complete 24 hours of community service and eight hours of drug counseling. "Mr. Hale thinks it was a fair deal," said his attorney.

Hale had faced felony charges of possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a stolen firearm, and misconduct involving weapons while committing a felony. All the charges were dismissed except for the marijuana possession charge, which was reduced from a felony to a misdemeanor.

The rapper was sentenced last August to three years probation after pleading no contest to a misdemeanor charge of possessing an unmarked firearm. He also 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 later dismissed.


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