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Valleywide Focus

Dr. Dre Gives Money as Part of Sentence

June 29, 1993|JOHN SCHWADA

City Atty. James Hahn on Monday donated $5,000 each to two San Fernando Valley nonprofit groups, the proceeds consisting of money paid by a well-known rap musician as part of his sentence for breaking the jaw of a Woodland Hills man in a fight.

The checks were paid to Meet Every Need with Dignity (MEND), a Pacoima-based food bank for the homeless, and to the Haven Hills Battered Women's Shelter in Encino, according to Hahn's office.

Andre Young, 28, best known by his stage name of Dr. Dre and a former member of the rap group NWA, was required to pay the $10,000 as part of his sentencing in a battery case.

The city attorney's office had charged Young with punching a 22-year-old Woodland Hills man in the face and breaking his jaw during an incident outside Young's girlfriend's apartment.

After he pleaded no contest, Van Nuys Municipal Court Judge Alice Altoon sentenced Young to 90 days of jail time, placed him on three years summary probation, ordered him to pay restitution to the victim and required him--as a condition of probation--to make a $10,000 donation to charities picked by Hahn's office.

Young also was found to be in violation of the terms of his probation stemming from another battery case, Hahn's office reported. In that matter, Young was convicted in August, 1991, of attacking a disc jockey.

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