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POWHATAN, Virginia. - Grammy award-winning R&B singer D'Angelo was fined and received suspended jail sentences on Friday on charges arising from a 2005 single-vehicle accident.
The Richmond native, born Michael Archer, pleaded guilty in the Powhatan general district court of driving with a suspended licence and driving under the influence of liquor.
Judge Paul Cella fined D'Angelo R7000, with R3500 suspended. He was also sentenced to nine days in jail, all suspended, and his licence was revoked for 90 days on the suspended licence charge.
Cella also fined him R10500, with R5330 suspended. He was also sentenced to six months in jail, also suspended, and suspended his licence for 12 months on drunk driving charge. A reckless driving charge was dropped.
Assistant attorney Richard Cox said the county's case was weakened when the star witness in the case, who was riding with Archer, did not show up in court on Friday.
The performer was driving a Hummer in Powhatan County when he was thrown from the vehicle. He suffered bruised ribs and contusions, according to state police.
Following a string of hits in the 1990s, Archer began a series of run-ins with the law. In April 2005, he was fined R1750 and given a 90-day suspended jail term on the drunk driving conviction.
Just a week before the accident, Archer had been given a three-year suspended sentence by the Chesterfield circuit court on a cocaine charge stemming from a traffic stop. - Sapa-AP