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 [article id="1444587"]"ICP's Violent J Spends Weekend In St. Louis Jail"[/article]).
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.