Rapper DMX sentenced to 90 days in jail

Rapper Earl "DMX" Simmons is shown in this Maricopa County Sheriff's Department booking photograph taken on July 2, 2008. REUTERS/Maricopa County Sheriff Department/Handout

PHOENIX (Reuters) - A judge in Arizona sentenced embattled rapper DMX to 90 days in jail on Friday on drug, theft and animal cruelty charges.

The 38-year-old rapper, whose real name is Earl Simmons, has been held in custody since December.

Maricopa County Superior Court commissioner Phemonia Miller gave Simmons no credit for time served and placed him on 18 months of supervised probation.

The rapper turned actor, whose hit albums include “Year of the Dog ... Again” and “It’s Dark and Hell is Hot,” has been battling legal woes during the past year in Arizona, where he keeps a home near Phoenix.

In May, he was arrested on drug and animal cruelty charges after sheriff’s deputies raided his home. Authorities found dog carcasses and malnourished pit bulls.

He was also charged with assuming someone’s identity and giving false information during a trip to the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Arizona, in an alleged attempt to avoid paying the bill.

Simmons had pleaded guilty to the charges to settle three criminal cases against him and had agreed not to own any animals or posses firearms.

Reporting by Tim Gaynor; Editing by Jill Serjeant and John O’Callaghan