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ODB Gets Four Years

Wu-Tang rapper sentenced today

July 18, 2001 12:00 AM ET

Ol' Dirty Bastard (a.k.a. Russell Jones) was sentenced today to two to four years in prison buy a New York state Supreme Court Judge Joseph Grosso.

The troubled Wu-Tang Clan rapper pleaded guilty to criminal possession of a controlled substance on April 19th, stemming from 1999 arrest when police found cocaine and marijuana in his car after pulling him over for running a red light. Because ODB pleaded guilty, he received the shortest possible sentence for the crime, and, as part of the agreement, prosecutors agreed to dismiss charges filed after he fled a drug-treatment facility in Los Angeles last October.

ODB remained on the lam for a week, making a surprise appearance at a November Wu-Tang performance in New York City, before he was apprehended in Philadelphia. He was extradited to New York last December to face the drug possession charges.

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