Insane Clown Posse's Violent J received probation from a St. Louis, Missouri, judge Wednesday for living up to his name, in a sense.
The face-painted posse member, whose real name is Joseph Bruce, pleaded guilty to two counts of misdemeanor assault in the second degree and was given a sentence of 12 months unsupervised probation, according to his lawyer John Rogers.
St. Louis Associate Circuit Court Judge Michael Mullen made the sentence contingent upon Violent J having no contact with the victims of the assault, security guard Ron Culli and Michael Cook, a local radio DJ who broadcasts under the name Cooksie. Prosecuting attorney Chris Hinckley said that the no-contact provision is fairly standard in cases such as this.
Last February, a scuffle occurred in a parking lot between members of ICP and employees of radio station KPNT 105.7 - The Point. ICP claimed that KPNT's Cooksie made disparaging remarks about the group on the air. Police broke up the fight and arrested posse member Douglas Dail while Violent J was free to leave the scene.
J claimed to have received an arrest warrant requiring that he turn himself in a few months later. He ignored the notice and was picked up on an outstanding warrant violation after a concert in Columbia, Missouri, in June (see "ICP's Violent J Spends Weekend In St. Louis Jail").
During the hearing, prosecutor Chris Hinckley attempted to attribute derogatory statements about the St. Louis police that appeared on the band's Web site (www.insaneclownposse.com) to Violent J personally. The attempt was not successful.
A civil lawsuit brought against Violent J by Cook and others involved in the scuffle is still pending.