Wu-Tang Clan rapper Ol’ Dirty Bastard (a.k.a. Russell Jones) pleaded guilty on April 19th to a charge criminal possession of a controlled substance as part of accepting a plea that carries a two- to four-year prison sentence.
As part of his plea agreement, Jones will receive the minimum sentence for his case and prosecutors have agreed not to file charges against the rapper in connection with his flight from a court-ordered drug treatment facility in Los Angeles last October. The possession charge was the result of a July 1999 incident in which Jones was pulled over in Queens, New York after running a red light. Police found cocaine and marijuana on Jones at the time.
Jones was extradited from Philadelphia to New York last December after he was apprehended at a McDonald’s in South Philly. At the time of his arrest, Jones had been a fugitive for just over a week, after leaving the Los Angeles drug treatment facility. His stint at the facility was the result of a string of legal woes dating back to a 1998, including a charge of making terrorist threats at a Los Angeles nightclub, as well as a 1999 felony charge for possession of body armor — both violations of a prior parole. The charges also landed him three-years of probation.
Jones’ sentencing on the cocaine possession charge, by State Supreme Court Justice Joseph Grosso, is scheduled for June 13th.