DMX Pleads Guilty to Cruelty to Dogs

The rapper agrees not to own animals as part of his plea deal.

Posted: January 2, 2009, 5 a.m. EST

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Rapper DMX, whose real name is Earl Simmons, has pleaded guilty to multiple animal cruelty, drug, and theft charges in Arizona.

The deal stems from the singer’s arrest after a 2007 raid on his suburban Phoenix home uncovered three dead dogs, guns, ammunition, and illegal drugs.

DMX is expected to receive a minimum 90-day jail sentence and probation when he is sentenced on Jan. 30.

Prosecutors said that as part of the plea agreement, DMX cannot own any animals, possess firearms, and must attend an animal offender treatment program. A parole violation would send him to jail for more than 10 years.

The rapper, whose albums include “Hell Is Hot,” “Flesh of My Flesh, Blood of My Blood,” and “Year of the Dog ... Again,” has been arrested several times in the last year.

In May, Maricopa County Sheriff’s deputies and a SWAT team went to DMX’s home to serve arrest and search warrants on the earlier drug and animal cruelty charges. DMX briefly barricaded himself in his bedroom before surrendering.

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Phil   Salina, KS

1/5/2009 5:08:06 PM

Nail this scumbag to the cross. Just because he is famous is no reason not to look him up and throw away the key. Anything else sets a bad example that the rich and famous get a free pass and the other animal abusers go to jail. Book Em DANO!

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Debbie   Ephrata, PA

1/3/2009 7:40:52 PM

I think this is an outrage!! Why should he be so priveledged to enter into a plea "bargain", if he has already done this repeatedly in the past. Just get him off the streets for AT LEAST 10 YEARS, thenput him on house arrest for the rest of his sick life!!

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Tammy   Louisville, KY

1/3/2009 11:03:19 AM

Shame, shame on him!!! May he get what he deserves right along all the other "popular" and common people who abuse and are cruel to dogs. Are they that bored with their lives that they have to entertain themselves by being blantantly inhumane?

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Mary   Battle Creek, MI

1/3/2009 10:13:46 AM

That's just wrong.

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