Prosecutors have offered to drop the charge of assault with a dangerous weapon, if the rapper pleads guilty to the charge of carrying a concealed weapon...
EMINEM’s lawyers are considering a proposal by prosecutors in MACOMB COUNTY, MICHIGAN, to drop a charge of assault with a dangerous weapon, if the rapper pleads guilty to a more serious charge of carrying a concealed weapon.
According to [url=]www.mtv.com, prosecutors will still push for a jail penalty when the case – relating to an incident on June 4 when Eminem is alleged to have pistol-whipped a man he claims he saw kissing his wife outside a bar in Warren, Michigan – comes back to court today (February 14).
The charge of carrying a concealed weapon carries a maximum sentence of five years in jail and a minimum of probation, but the sentence will be at the discretion of Macomb County Circuit Court Visiting Judge Antonio Viviano.
mtv.com reports Macomb County Prosecutor Carl Marlinga as saying: “The defence knows it’s not a significant offer, but it’s a way to settle the case before trial.” If Eminem, who has no previous convictions, accepts the plea-bargain today, a pre-sentence report will be called for and sentence would be delivered in around six weeks.
If he decides not to accept the offer and plead not guilty to both charges, the case will go to trial in between six and seven months.
‘The Marshall Mathers LP’ has sold almost eight million copies in the US and is nominated for Album Of The Year at the Grammy Awards.
John Guerra, the man Eminem is accused of striking with the gun, is suing him for $25,000 minimum, and the lawsuit is currently on hold pending the outcome of the criminal case.
Eminem has another trial pending in Oakland County, Michigan, relating to an incident that is alleged to have occurred hours before the alleged Warren assault. The 28-year-old is accused of carrying a concealed weapon and brandishing a firearm in an altercation between himself and an associate of Insane Clown Posse.