Trick Daddy Avoids Prison Time, Will Instead Speak To Kids

Rapper pleads guilty to drugs, weapons charges.

Trick Daddy has avoided prison by pleading guilty to drugs and weapons charges stemming from separate incidents in September and February.

The Miami rapper will instead serve three years of supervised probation, attend an anger-management class and make 24 free appearances speaking to children about the dangers of guns, AIDS, drugs and violence, according to the Miami Dade County State Attorney's Office.

"I hope that these youngsters will learn lessons from his life that they don't want to happen in their own lives," Assistant State Attorney Stacy Glick told reporters.

In the plea bargain, entered Thursday, the most serious felony charge — aggravated assault with a firearm — was reduced to the misdemeanor charge of improper display of a deadly weapon or firearm. That charge, along with a charge of felony possession of a firearm by a felon, stemmed from an altercation during a pick-up basketball game in February (see "Trick Daddy Arrested For Pulling Gun On A Man During Basketball Game").

Trick Daddy also pleaded guilty to felony possession of cocaine and to misdemeanor marijuana possession, both in connection with an arrest in September at a high school football game (see "Trick Daddy Arrested For Drug Possession").

The rapper, whose real name is Maurice Young, has served 30 months in state prison after being convicted in 1991 of cocaine possession, carrying a concealed weapon and violating probation.

Since his arrest in September, Trick Daddy has been under house arrest, where he has been recording his next album (see "Trick Daddy Continues To Record While Awaiting Trial").

Neither the rapper's spokesperson nor his attorney were available to comment.