California authorities are apparently so sick of Ol' Dirty Bastard's criminal shenanigans that they don't even want him in their jails.
A Los Angeles Superior Court judge on Friday sentenced the Wu-Tang Clan rapper to two years in prison for violating probation by fleeing a drug rehab center. But officials will let him serve the time in his native New York, where he has been incarcerated since late last year on crack cocaine charges. He was sentenced to two to four years in that case in July (see "ODB Sentenced To Two To Four Years In Crack Case").
The good news for ODB (born Russell Tyrone Jones) is that the Los Angeles sentence will run concurrently with his New York term, starting Friday, according to Los Angeles prosecutor Michael O'Gara. ODB also has roughly a year's credit for jail time already served in Los Angeles. He could be paroled in both cases as early as next year.
The rapper had been ordered into a rehab clinic in Pasadena, California, after pleading no contest to making terrorist threats at a club in 1998 and to wearing a bulletproof vest in 1999 (see "Warrant Issued After Ol' Dirty Bastard Flees Drug-Treatment Facility"). ODB was the first person to be convicted under a new state law that forbids convicted violent felons from wearing body armor.
Elektra last month released a collection of Dirty's shiniest musical moments, titled The Dirty Story: The Best of ODB.