LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - 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 issue.
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 Britain.