July 19, 2001 10:14

OL' DIRTY BASTARD GETS JAIL SENTENCE

The star faces between two and four years behind bars after pleading guilty to possession of crack cocaine...

OL' DIRTY BASTARD GETS JAIL SENTENCE
WU-TANG CLAN rapper OL' DIRTY BASTARD has been sentenced to between two and four years behind bars after pleading guilty to possession of crack cocaine.

According to US reports this morning (July 19), the rapper was sentenced by Supreme Court Justice Joseph Grosso in New York on charges that stem from an incident in 1999 when police stopped ODB's car for alleged traffic offences, but then discovered the class A drug.

Because the star has been behind bars for the last eight months, that time will be taken into account as part of his sentence, and it has been recommended that he his placed in the Arthur Kill Correctional Facility in Staten Island, although this is currently not confirmed.

In addition, ODB, real name Russell Jones, will be periodically checked by the New York State Department of Correctional Services on his mental and physical health.

As reported yesterday on NME.COM, the rapper was placed on suicide watch and had his sentencing postponed after fears he tried to hurt himself on the psychiatric ward where he was being held.

ODB was due to appear at a sentencing hearing on Tuesday (July 17) in New York, but Kings County Hospital sent a report to the court alleging that he had tried to harm himself earlier that day.

However, according to MTV news, the rapper's lawyer Peter Frankel described the cut as a "non-incident" following his sentencing yesterday.

He commented: "Yesterday's incident was a non-incident. It was just bad timing. (ODB) sustained a cut to his left arm and it's not clear how it happened. It was a superficial wound and wasn't anything that could even arguably be considered a suicide attempt. It's possible it was an accident."

Read More On This Artist

Ol' Dirty Bastard Merchandise
More News
Rod Stewart and Susan Boyle perform at Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony
Hudson Mohawke to release 'Chimes' EP in September
Lily Allen: 'Nobody at Radio 1 knows what the fuck they're doing'
Duran Duran suing fan club for £23,500
Details announced for The Warehouse Project 2014 line-up
Courtney Love says production on Kurt Cobain biopic will begin in 'next 12 months'
Bloc Party's Kele Okereke to release new solo album, 'Trick'
Midweek chart update: La Roux narrowly behind Ed Sheeran in race for Number One
Lana Del Rey says 'Fucked My Way To The Top' song is commentary on public perception of...
Metallica's Lars Ulrich says Noel Gallagher inspired him to quit cocaine
Kasabian's Serge Pizzorno and comedian Noel Fielding tease 'Wu-Tang Clan' live shows
Ian Watkins loses appeal for reduced jail term; judges cite 'shocking depravity' of crimes
The Gaslight Anthem warn fans that new album 'Get Hurt' is 'completely...
Manic Street Preachers' Nicky Wire on Russell Brand's politics: 'Voting should be...
Former Lostprophets members thank fans for 'sticking with us' at first gig as No Devotion
Peaches Geldof died of heroin overdose, inquest hears
Slowdive announce two further reunion dates
James Murphy to score new Noah Baumbach film 'While We're Young'
Lostprophets' Ian Watkins to have jail term appeal considered
SBTRKT announces new album 'Wonder Where We Land' – hear first track now
Post-punkers The Pop Group announce first ever UK tour
The Raveonettes release surprise new album 'Pe'Ahi'

More News

Comments

Please login to add your comment.

Featured Videos
Latest Tickets - Booking Now
 
Know Your NME
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
 

 
NME Store & Framed Prints
Most Read News
Popular This Week
Inside NME.COM
On NME.COM Today