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Rapper Tone Loc pleads no contest to charges

October 3, 2011 |  5:34 pm

GetprevRapper Tone Loc pleaded no contest Monday to possession of an assault weapon and corporal injury to a spouse in connection with a June domestic violence arrest.

The rapper, whose legal name is Anthony Smith, admitted that he illegally possessed a Colt AR-15 Sporter.

Superior Court Judge Patrick Hegarty immediately sentenced the 45-year-old rapper, known for such hits as "Wild Thing" and "Funky Cold Medina," to one day in county jail, three years of formal probation, 30 days of community service and 52 weeks of anger management counseling.

Smith, also an actor, did not negotiate a plea deal and instead pleaded no contest and accepted the judge's sentence, Deputy Dist. Atty. Michael Stewart said.

The charges stemmed from a domestic violence incident June 18.

During the investigation, Burbank Police Department officers discovered that Smith was in possession of an unregistered assault weapon.

The firearm was not used in the domestic assault.


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Photo: Tone Loc. Credit: Lester Cohen