News Flash: Flesh 'N' Bone Jailed For Violating Probation

Flesh 'N' Bone, a part-time member of hard-core rap group Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, was sentenced Thursday in San Fernando Municipal Court in Southern California for a probation violation following an arrest last summer for assault and battery and possession of an explosive.

Judge John Gunn sentenced the 24-year-old Flesh 'N' Bone, a.k.a. Stanley Howse, to 120 days in Los Angeles County Jail, giving him credit for 33 days served and assigning a surrender date of March 30, said Carol Panariello, a spokeswoman for the San Fernando Municipal Court clerk's office.

"This is basically just him dealing with old karma," said Phyllis Pollack, Flesh's publicist, who added that Flesh is looking forward to recording his as-yet-untitled sophomore solo album for Def Jam Records, the follow-up to his 1996 debut, Trues Humbly United Gatherin' Souls (T.H.U.G.S.).

Flesh had been sentenced to three years' probation two weeks ago in exchange for a no-contest plea to felony charges of simple assault and battery and possession of an explosive, charges stemming from a July dispute he had with a neighbor in the Chatsworth suburb of Los Angeles where Flesh used to live. The Bone member and his 19-year-old brother-in-law, Jamartarik Cole, were first taken into custody after police said they confiscated a quarter-stick of dynamite, three M-80 firecrackers, an AK-47 assault rifle and several shotguns from the rapper's house.

The plea violated a previous probation that Flesh had been serving from five earlier convictions, including several involving domestic abuse. Flesh's previous convictions date back as far as 1994, his defense attorney Alan Baum said.

As a result of these violations, the judge ordered that Flesh be jailed for 120 days.

"We requested the maximum amount of [probation] time of 3 1/2 years. We would have liked to see him serve the maximum amount, but we're happy we got some time on him," said Mike Pizzuti, deputy city attorney for the City of Los Angeles.

In addition to the probation, Flesh has completed a 28-day residential program through Exodus, and he currently is undergoing outpatient alcohol counseling through them as well as court-ordered anger-management classes, Baum said. -- ATN staff report [Sat., Feb. 21, 1998, 9 a.m. PST]