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Rapper Earl 'DMX' Simmons is shown in this Maricopa County Sheriff's Department booking photograph July 2, 2008. REUTERS/Maricopa County Sheriff Department/Handout
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PHOENIX (Reuters) - An Arizona judge on Monday sentenced rapper DMX to probation for allegedly throwing a food tray at a detention officer inside a Phoenix jail.

The rapper, whose real name is Earl Simmons, will spend 18 months on supervised probation for the jailhouse altercation under the ruling by Judge Robert Gottsfield in Maricopa County Superior Court. He also must attend counseling.

Simmons pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated assault on May 22. Eight days earlier, he was released from the jail after serving 90 days on drug, theft and animal abuse charges.

In May 2008, the 38-year-old rapper was arrested on drug and animal cruelty charges after sheriff's deputies raided his home and found dog carcasses and malnourished pit bulls.

Simmons' attorney could not immediately be reached for comment.

(Reporting by David Schwartz in Phoenix, Editing by Bob Tourtellotte)

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