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Snoop Dogg Pleads No Contest
to Felony Charges; Sentenced

April 11, 2007
Contacts: Joe Scott, Director of Communications
Sandi Gibbons, Public Information Officer
Jane Robison, News Secretary
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PASADENA – Rapper Snoop Dogg pleaded no contest today to felony charges of gun possession by a felon and sale and transportation of marijuana. He was sentenced immediately by Pasadena Superior Court Judge Terry Smerling.

The 35-year-old entertainer, whose real name is Cordozar Calvin Broadus, entered the plea at his arraignment. The case was filed against him yesterday. The plea was the result of a negotiated settlement.

Deputy District Attorney Marian Thompson outlined the plea prior to it actually being taken by Judge Smerling. Broadus was sentenced to three years state prison, but the term was suspended. He was placed on five years probation with the understanding that if he violates probation, he will be sentenced to three years in state prison.

Broadus also is to do 800 hours of community service. Only half of that – 400 hours – can be the time he already volunteers with his youth football league. In addition, restrictions were placed on people in the rapper’s employ as well as his entourage. He cannot employ anyone in a security or driving capacity who has a criminal record or is gang-affiliated.

He also must employ California-licensed security personnel. They must be licensed to carry firearms if they are armed.

Defense attorney Donald Etra told reporters outside of court that all of the rapper’s staff and entourage will be “completely vetted.”

Broadus, wearing a black fur-lined leather jacket, black jeans and a tee-shirt, answered only, “Yes, sir,” or “No, sir,” when the judge inquired about the plea agreement. When asked his plea to each count, the defendant replied, “No contest.”

He did not meet with reporters after the court session. His attorney said he had a prior commitment.

Broadus was first arrested Oct. 26 at Burbank Airport. Thompson said he had 39.14 grams of marijuana – some of it in individual canisters – at the time of this arrest. A search warrant served at his home in the Diamond Bar in November turned up a semi-automatic handgun, she said.

Two prior felony convictions – drugs in 1990 and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon in 1997 – were admitted by Broadus as part of the plea agreement.

The rapper also waived his appellate rights and agreed to comply with the Compassionate Use Act of 1996 that allows possession of a certain amount of marijuana for medicinal purposes. His attorney said in court that Broadus has a medical certificate to use marijuana. Outside court, he told reporters it was for migraines.


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