Eminem could be headed for jail after pleading guilty Wednesday (February 14) to a charge of carrying a concealed weapon.
In exchange for the guilty plea, a concurrent felony count of assault with a dangerous weapon will be dropped, according to a statement issued by the rapper's label. Eminem, born Marshall Mathers III, is on trial in Mount Clemens, Michigan, charged with pistol-whipping a man he allegedly saw kissing his wife, Kim, outside a bar in Warren, Michigan, on June 4 (see "Eminem Arrested In Michigan Bar Brawl").
The matter now goes to probation officials for a pre-sentence report and sentencing recommendation on the charge, which carries a sentence of up to five years. If Eminem doesn't like the recommendation, he can withdraw his plea, and the case will go to trial.
If he accepts the recommendation, which Macomb County Prosecutor Carl Marlinga said could range from probation to 17 months in jail, Eminem will be sentenced on April 10. The rapper's lawyers will request probation, according to the statement, though Marlinga has said he will seek a jail term in the "midpoint" of that range.
The multiplatinum rap star still faces charges of carrying a concealed weapon and brandishing a firearm in public, stemming from a confrontation with a member of the Insane Clown Posse's crew in Royal Oak, Michigan, on June 3 (see "Eminem Charged In Altercation With ICP Employee"). The next hearing in that case is scheduled for April 23, according to the Detroit News.