LOS ANGELES Rapper Snoop Dogg was sentenced to
three years' informal probation and 160 hours of community
service on Thursday, after pleading guilty to possessing a
collapsible baton in his carry-on bag at a California airport.
The 35-year-old entertainer, whose real name is Cordozar
Calvin Broadus Jr., must also donate $10,000 to a children's
charity under the terms of the deal hammered out at Orange
County Superior Court in Santa Ana, California, about 34 miles
south of Los Angeles.
He was arrested with the baton at John Wayne Airport in
Santa Ana in September 2006.
Snoop Dogg's lawyer, Donald Etra, said the baton had been
used by his client in a musical sketch. Etra had advised him to
plead not guilty, but said his client wanted to resolve the
Snoop Dogg, who was acquitted of murder in 1993, was
arrested on two other occasions in 2006 for marijuana and gun
possession. He has since been denied entry to Australia and