On Friday in Van Nuys, California, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony's Flesh-N-Bone was sentenced to spend 11 years in a California state prison for threatening a friend with an AK-47 back in December.
In June, the rapper (real name Stanley Howse) was found guilty of assault with a deadly weapon and criminal possession of a firearm by a felon for threatening a friend with an AK-47 that he produced from a baby's crib (see "Flesh-N-Bone Convicted On Assault, Weapons Charges").
The rapper had been facing a maximum sentence of 19 years in the case, prompting his manager, Gary Ballen, to say after the sentencing that "Stanley and I are very pleased with the sentence."
Flesh-N-Bone's attorney, Jonathan Kissell, echoed that sentiment, telling the press that his client was "very fortunate to have a fair-minded judge and prosecutor. The facts which were presented to the court showed a very talented individual who had a very problem-filled
"While this may appear to be a lengthy sentence, it will not serve as a life sentence. Stanley will continue to write music, to interact with people in the music industry, and use his creatively for others' enjoyment. He will be back in society's grasp within five years and will have learned a very valuable lesson in life."
At the time of Friday's sentencing, the rapper was already behind bars after pleading guilty to a charge of possession of a dangerous weapon (see "Flesh-N-Bone Pleads Guilty To Weapons Charge"). The case stems from a January incident in which Flesh-N-Bone was found by Los Angeles police officers brandishing a loaded, sawed-off shotgun at the home of one of his relatives.
On October 24, Flesh-N-Bone could be sentenced to as many as three years behind bars in that case. He may be sentenced to serve the two terms concurrently.
The rapper is also preparing for the release of
a solo album, "5th Dog Let Loose," which is set to arrive on October 5.