Ol' Dirty Bastard May Face 2-4 Years In Jail
Embattled Wu-Tang Clan rapper Ol' Dirty Bastard (real name: Russell Jones) pled guilty today (April 20) in a Queens, N.Y., courtroom to criminal possession of a controlled substance, stemming from a MEmbattled Wu-Tang Clan rapper Ol' Dirty Bastard (real name: Russell Jones) pled guilty today (April 20) in a Queens, N.Y., courtroom to criminal possession of a controlled substance, stemming from a March 1999 crack cocaine arrest in the borough. In exchange for the plea, the prosecutor in the case will seek the minimum penalty at a June 13 sentencing hearing, which could constitute between two and four years in jail.
ODB will not face additional jail time for his failure to appear in court after he escaped from a court-ordered drug rehab clinic in Pasadena, Calif., last October. The following month, the rapper shocked the hip-hop community by appearing onstage at the release party for the Wu-Tang clan's "The W" album. Although a number of policemen were on hand at New York's Hammerstein Ballroom, ODB -- who appeared to have gained a significant amount of weight since his last public sighting -- was able to leave the venue and avoid arrest.
Less than a week later, he was apprehended in the parking lot of a Philadelphia McDonald's. Today's guilty plea stems from a March 1999 incident when police found crack cocaine and marijuana on ODB while investigating his vehicle for a traffic violation. The rapper's list of legal troubles is long and lengthy, including a not guilty verdict on charges of attempted murder, weapons possession, and assault, stemming from a January 1999 shooting.