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Eminem Gets Two Years' Probation
10 April 2001 | 0:00:00 GMT/UTC

Eminem has been sentenced to two years' probation and fined $2,500. Under Antonio Viviano's sentence Marshall Mathers will have to stay out of trouble for two years, abstain from excessive alcohol consumption and from possessing weapons, submit to drug tests and seek counselling. If any of these rules are violated he could face five years in prison. He was also ordered to pay $5,000 court costs.

In February (2001) he admitted carrying a concealed weapon outside a nightclub in Detroit. Prosecuters agreed to drop an assault charge against him. He admitted carrying the weapon in June last year (2000) outside a Detriot nightclub when he saw a man kissing his wife. The weapon was not loaded and was concealed in his car.

He could have faced up to five years in prison. The plea was lodged under advisement which means that Eminem can withdraw his guilty plea and fight the charge.

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