Sentence has rap star picking up trash


SANTA ANA, Calif. -- Snoop Dogg will spend 160 hours picking up trash at an Orange County park as part of his sentence for carrying an illegal weapon in an airport last year, authorities said Thursday.

The rapper, whose real name is Cordozar Calvin Broadus Jr., will do "everything from raking leaves to painting benches" in order to meet the 160 hours of community service he was ordered to perform, his attorney, Donald Etra, said.

"He's glad to make a contribution to Orange County," the attorney said.

Dogg chose the park site from a list of probation-approved community service sites and will be supervised by a park ranger, county Deputy District Attorney Andre Manssourian said.

A Superior Court judge approved the park service on Wednesday.

Etra and county officials declined to release the name of the park, citing concerns that media and fans might interfere with the work.

No date was given for him to start or complete the service, but he wants to perform it as quickly as possible, his attorney said.

"He feels 'whatever it takes' to get this behind him. His goal is to make music, not court appearances," Etra said.

The 35-year-old rapper pleaded guilty last month to one count of felony possession of a dangerous weapon. He was arrested Sept. 27, 2006, after the discovery of a collapsible baton in his computer bag at John Wayne Airport in Orange County.

Authorities said the baton was a dangerous weapon. Snoop Dogg said it was a prop for a video he was filming in New York.

The felony conviction on his record will be reduced to a misdemeanor if the rapper does not break the law for a year.

His sentence included community service, three years of probation, $1,000 in fines and court costs, and a $10,000 donation to a county charity for troubled children.

The rapper asked to perform his community service by working with children, Etra said.

However, the court and prosecutors did not want him involved with children, gangs or football.

"We don't want to make a role model out of him," said Farrah Emami, a spokeswoman for the county district attorney's office.

Additionally, the rapper already has his own nonprofit youth football league.

"The purpose of a sentence is punishment and we don't consider it to be punishment for a person to participate in activities that are already part of their daily routine," Emami said.