An Arizona judge today (January 30) sentenced DMX to 90 days in prison and 18 months supervised probation for various felony charges including drug possession, identity theft and animal cruelty.
According to The Arizona Republic, DMX (born Earl Simmons) appeared in the smiling Friday but later complained that he had severe pain in his knees and feet. The rapper said he thought he was suffering from gout.
“I’m not sentencing DMX today, I’m sentencing Earl Simmons. I don’t know DMX,” said Judge Phemonia Miller. ”Mr. Simmons, it’s time to do something different. What you have been doing is not working.”
Over the past three years, DMX has had numerous brushes with Arizona police. The Yonkers bred rapper picked up the drug and animal cruelty charges after malnourished pit bulls and marijuana were found in his Arizona home during a raid in May 2007.
The identify theft charges stem from accusations that DMX used a fake name at an Arizona hospital in April 2008 to avoid a bill.
DMX pleaded guilty to the aforementioned felony charges last month as part of a deal to settle all three cases. In return, DMX agreed not to own any animals or posses firearms.
DMX has been in custody in an Arizona jail since he was arrested on a bench warrant in Florida in December.
DMX, who also faced charges in Florida, was extradited to Arizona following his December arrest.
Miller allowed DMX to serve his three month sentence in Florida despite protests from the prosecutor.