DMX sentenced to 90 days in jail; heading to Tent City

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UPDATE on 01/30:

PHOENIX -- Rapper DMX was sentenced Friday to 90 days in jail with no credit for time served and placed on 18 months of supervised probation.

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The rapper, whose name is Earl Simmons, pleaded guilty to three felony counts and a misdemeanor stemming from numerous arrests made by the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office since May 2007.

Simmons was arrested on five different occasions by sheriff's deputies for animal abuse, drug possession and defrauding the Mayo Clinic of about $7,500 worth of medical services.

As part of his probation, Simmons is not permitted to own any animals or possess any firearms. He was also ordered to complete an animal offender treatment program. If he violates probation, Simmons could be sentenced to more than 10 years in prison.

Sheriff Joe Arpaio has ordered that DMX be moved into Tent City.

UPDATE on 12/30: Superior Court announced Tuesday that rapper DMX changed his plea to guilty to three felonies and one misdemeanor in relation to three criminal cases.

Earl Simmons, aka DMX, is charged with possession of narcotic drugs, cruelty to animals, theft and possession of marijuana.

Sentencing is set for January 30 at 10 a.m. He is expected to get a minimum of 90 days in jail in addition to probation.

UPDATE:

PHOENIX (AP) - The rapper known as DMX is no longer on the lam.

The lawyer for the struggling artist says he was arrested in Florida on Tuesday on a warrant issued by a Phoenix judge after he failed to appear in court on Friday. Attorney Charles Kozelka says he's been in and out of rehab in Florida for a couple of weeks but realized he couldn't stay if he was wanted by police.

DMX, whose real name is Earl Simmons, has been arrested several times in Arizona in the past year and failed to appear for several court dates.

The 37-year-old is facing drug possession, identity theft and animal cruelty charges. Kozelka says he has pleaded not guilty.

DMX will be returned to Phoenix, where bond is set at $120,000. Kozelka says he'll likely be jailed for some time.

ORIGINAL REPORT:

PHOENIX -- A judge in Phoenix has issued a bench warrant for the arrest of rapper DMX after he failed to show up in court Friday morning.

It was the second time DMX, whose real name is Earl Simmons, has missed an appearance in Maricopa County Superior Court.

The 37-year-old is facing charges of drug possession, identity theft and animal cruelty stemming from three felony arrests.

Judge Michael Kemp has now raised DMX's bond to $120,000 cash.

His attorney, Charles Kolzelka, says the hip-hop performer is at an undisclosed rehab facility.

DMX was extradited from Miami in September after pleading guilty to drug charges there.

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