Rapper Young Buck pleaded no contest yesterday (Dec. 12) to a felony in the stabbing of a man during a melee at last year’s Vibe Awards show. The 24-year-old entertainer (real name: David Darnell Brown) entered the plea to a charge of assault likely to produce great bodily harm and he was sentenced to three years’ probation by Superior Court Judge James Brandlin. He also was ordered to perform 80 hours of community service.
Young Buck was charged with stabbing show attendee Jimmy James Johnson, 27, after Johnson punched producer Dr. Dre during a melee at the Nov. 15, 2004, awards show at the Santa Monica Airport’s Barker Hanger.
Johnson pleaded guilty Sept. 14 to felony assault and was sentenced to a year in jail. He also was placed on three years’ probation.
A member of 50 Cent’s G-Unit crew, Young Buck is signed to Dre’s Aftermath label. His first solo album “Straight Outta Ca$hville,” debuted at No. 3 on The Billboard 200. A collection of songs recorded before he signed with G-Unit, “T.I.P.,” was released last month.
In August, the rapper pleaded not guilty to felony gun possession charges after he and fellow G-Unit member Lloyd Banks were arrested in a van after performing at New York’s Madison Square Garden on the Anger Management 3 tour. Young Buck is due in court in New York on Jan. 26.
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