Eminem could be spending some time behind bars if prosecutors in Michigan have their way.
The rapper is scheduled to be in a Macomb County Circuit Court on Tuesday for a pre-trial hearing related to his arrest on weapons possession and assault charges, and prosecuting attorneys have indicated that they are not interested in striking a plea agreement that might spare Eminem from possible jail time.
Macomb County Prosecutor Carl Marlinga told the Associated Press over the weekend that he has "made it clear to the defense that there should be some incarceration in his sentence for this type of offense."
"[Eminem is] like any other defendant for us in terms of the economic consequences of his actions," Marlinga added. "He's charged with a felony, and we intend to go to trial with this case as a felony."
Eminem faces up to five years in prison if convicted of the charges, which stem from an incident outside a bar in Warren, Michigan in June,
during which the rapper (born Marshall Mathers III) allegedly pistol-whipped a man whom Eminem thought he saw kissing his wife, Kimberly Scott (see "Eminem To Face Weapons, Assault Charges").
Mathers has since reached a divorce settlement with Scott, who in turn dropped the $10 million civil suit she filed against the rapper on the basis of intentional infliction of emotional distress (see "Eminem Settles With Wife As Hollywood Calls").
The stance taken by Macomb County prosecutors is a tad harsher than that of their legal counterparts in Oakland County, where Eminem also was arrested in June after he got into a dispute with an associate of rap duo Insane Clown Posse.
Eminem was charged on separate counts of felony and misdemeanor weapons possession in the case (see "Eminem Charged In Altercation With ICP Employee")
and could face up to five years if convicted of those charges, but Oakland County prosecutors indicated last month that the rapper would likely only get probation, regardless if he pled guilty or was convicted.
Legal matters notwithstanding, Eminem is set to head out on the road with Limp Bizkit, Papa Roach, and Xzibit as part of the "Anger Management Tour," an outing slated to kick off on October 19 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.