DMX Could Face Extended Prison Term After Late Court Arrival

DMX Could Face Extended Prison Term After Late Court Arrival

Lawyer blamed tardiness on an asthma attack. DMX was facing 60 days behind bars on New York’s Rikers Island — 40 days if he was lucky. But after showing up late for his sentencing on Thursday, the rapper could instead face up to a year in jail.

Lawyer blamed tardiness on an asthma attack. DMX was facing 60 days behind bars on New York’s Rikers Island — 40 days if he was lucky. But after showing up late for his sentencing on Thursday, the rapper could instead face up to a year in jail.

Late last month, the rapper stood before Judge Dorothy Chin-Brandt and pleaded guilty to violating the terms of his conditional release. The charge stemmed from a June 2004 incident at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport during which X (whose real name is Earl Simmons) allegedly claimed to be a federal agent and tried to steal a car.

After the rapper entered his plea, Chin-Brandt warned DMX that she would consider upping his time from two to 12 months if he failed to show up on time for sentencing, according to New York’s Newsday.

At 4 p.m. Thursday — two hours after his scheduled sentencing — Chin-Brandt issued a bench warrant for the rapper’s arrest. DMX showed up outside the courthouse 45 minutes later and was ushered to Judge Steven Paynter’s courtroom.

Despite the explanation DMX’s attorney Murray Richman offered for his client’s lateness (“He had an asthma attack. He had to stop and get his pump and breathe,” the lawyer said, according to Newsday’s report), Paynter ordered DMX to spend the night in the place where he’ll be spending most of his nights for the foreseeable future: Rikers Island.

The rapper was expected to return to Chin-Brandt’s courtroom Friday (November 18) for sentencing.

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