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DIRTY DEAL?

So far, there's no sign of the Wu-Tang Clan star doing that...

WU-TANG CLAN rapper OL' DIRTY BASTARD may have a possible sentence for drug charges cut in half if he pleads guilty in his upcoming drug trial.

The rapper has been charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance in the fifth degree after being allegedly found with 20 vials of crack cocaine by police in 1999. The charge carries a sentence of up to seven years in prison.

Queens County Assistant District Attorney Ken Holder is offering a recommendation for the sentence to be cut down to two to four years. The DA will also waive any penalties for the rapper jumping bail that originally stems from ODB's failure to show up for a court appearance relating to his escape from a drugs rehab clinic.

This charge normally carries an 18-month to three-year prison sentence.

But the DA's deal is off if ODB does not agree to plead guilty soon - US website www.sonicnet.com believes the deal will be retracted at the end of the first week of April if the rapper has entered no plea. All of this is on top of the 44 months he could serve for probation violation charges. If convicted, he will not be eligible for drug treatment programmes because he already has a violent felony charge dating from 1992.

ODB is said to be desperate not to be sent to prison at all. However, his lawyer Peter Frankel told Sonicnet that he "wishes that everyone who has any interest in this thing could really know this guy, because he's just so misunderstood."

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