R&B singer D’Angelo Gets Off Easy on Guilty Plea

R&B singer D’Angelo (born Michael Eugene Archer), who was arrested in 2005 for driving with a suspended license and driving under the influence in his home state of Virginia, was fined and received suspended jail sentence Friday (Aug. 10) after pleading guilty. Judge Paul Cella fined the Grammy award-winning crooner $1,000, with $500 suspended, sentenced him to nine days in jail, all suspended, and revoked his license for 90 days on the suspended license charge. Judge Cella also fined him $1,500, with $750 suspended, sentenced him to six months in jail, also suspended, and suspended his license for 12 months on the DUI charge. A reckless driving charge was dropped. Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Richard Cox said the county’s case was weakened when the star witness in the case was a no show. D’Angelo was critically injured in Powhatan County, Virginia when the SUV he was riding in hit a fence, ejecting him from the vehicle. He was not wearing a seatbelt. In August of 2006, D’Angelo was confirmed to have exited a rehabiltation stint on the island of Antigua and begun collaborations with Common and Q-Tip. He also entered discussions with Jermaine Dupri on how to market what appears to be a forthcoming LP, though the official news of a release has not been made public yet. Although music for his own album has yet to materialize, D’Angelo was recently featured on the song “Imagine”, by Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre, which was released on November 21, 2006. On April 17, 2007 a new song called “Really Love” was leaked on Triple J Radio in Australia by ?uestlove.

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