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Eminem gets two years probation on weapons charge

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Eminem, shown here performing in Daytona Beach, Florida, last month, pleaded guilty in February to carrying a concealed weapon.  

MOUNT CLEMENTS, Michigan (CNN) -- Rap star Eminem has been sentenced to two years probation for carrying a concealed weapon.

Eminem, whose real name is Marshal Mathers III, pleaded guilty to carrying a concealed weapon in February before Macomb County Circuit Court Judge Antonio Viviano. In exchange, Macomb County prosecutors dropped a charge of assault with a dangerous weapon, which carries a 4 year sentence.

The charges stemmed from an incident last summer outside the Hot Rocks Cafe in Warren, Michigan, Mathers was accused of clubbing another man with a handgun.

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Warren Police say Mathers, 27, attacked the man after seeing him kiss his now estranged wife, Kimberly Mathers, outside the bar.

Viviano took Mathers' plea bargain under advisement. He will inform the singer and his lawyers of his sentencing intentions in chambers. If Mathers' lawyers do not agree with the sentence, they can withdraw the plea and go to trial.

The maximum sentence for the charge is 11 months jail time, but Mathers could receive probation. He has no previous criminal record.

The rap singer from Clinton Township, Michigan, also faces criminal charges in Oakland County. Prosecutors say Mathers pointed a gun at a member of a rival Detroit-based rap group, Insane Clown Posse, in Royal Oak on June 3.

He faces a felony charge of carrying a concealed weapon and brandishing a firearm in the incident. A trial date in Oakland County Circuit Court is set for April 23.

Eminem's controversial music, which is laced with obscenities and bashes homosexuals, has angered gay and lesbian groups, which say his music promotes discrimination.

The Gay Rights Alliance Against Defamation and the National Organization for Women held protests outside the Staples Center in Los Angeles before the rapper's duet with Elton John at the Grammy Awards in February.

Eminem walked away with three awards that night, including best rap album for "The Marshal Mathers LP."

Kimberly Mathers filed for divorce from her husband last August but reconciled a few months later. Then in March, she filed for divorce again. The couple has a five-year-old daughter named Hailie Jade.



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