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Ol' Dirty Bastard -- A Wanted Man

August 18, 1998 12:00 AM ET

It's three strikes and you're out for Wu-Tang member Ol' Dirty Bastard, a.k.a. Big Baby Jesus.

A Virginia judge issued three arrest warrants for the rapper Thursday -- one for each of the scheduled court dates that he has skipped. Each warrant General District Judge Robert L. Simpson Jr. issued against the 29-year-old charges him with failure to appear in court, a misdemeanor that carries up to a year in jail and a $2,500 fine. ODB's charge -- shoplifting -- carries the same maximum penalty.

ODB is accused of stealing a pair of sneakers from a store in Virginia Beach on July 4, three days after he walked out of a New York hospital with gunshot wounds that he received in an alleged robbery of his house.

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