Foxy Brown Faces The Music: A Year In Jail

Foxy Brown, whose birth name is Inga Marchand, enters Manhattan criminal court, Wednesday, Aug, 22, 2007, in New York. The hip-hop singer was ordered to appear in court for violating her parole agreement. Following her hearing she was taken into custody for violating terms of her parole.
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Her hands shackled to a scuffed brown belt that settled on the hips of her elegant gray pantsuit, rapper Foxy Brown promised to straighten out her life after a spate of legal troubles. But Criminal Court Judge Melissa Jackson wasn't moved by the rapper's pledge.

"I'm not going to give you any more chances," Jackson said as she sentenced Brown Friday to one year in jail for violating the terms of her three-year probation. The probation stemmed from a fight with two manicurists in a New York City nail salon three years ago.

Probation Department officials asked for the hearing after Brown, whose real name is Inga Marchand, was arrested Aug. 14 in Brooklyn on charges of assaulting Arlene Raymond, 25.

Brown, 28, was accused of hitting Raymond with a cell phone on July 30, when the pair fought over the music volume from Brown's car stereo.

Jackson jailed Brown Aug. 22 to await the hearing.

"I'm willing to do whatever I need to do to change," Brown told the judge Friday. She said she had made a lot of mistakes.

"I realize that's not where I want to be. It's humbled me in ways I never imagined," she said.

The judge replied, "Ms. Marchand, it's too little, too late. I'm glad you're learning something; that's a positive."

The judge found Brown had left the state without permission; had moved from Brooklyn to Mahwah, N.J., without permission; had failed to notify the department of an arrest in Mahwah; had failed to report to probation officers, and had dropped court-ordered anger management sessions with a psychologist.

Probation officials noted that Brown, in Florida without permission on Feb. 15, was arrested on charges of throwing hair glue at a beauty shop employee when he asked her to leave because the shop was closing.

Brown later struggled with an officer who was called to the shop, and she was charged with battery and resisting an officer with violence, police said. Brown was released after posting a $1,500 bond. That case is pending.

Brown was on probation after pleading guilty to misdemeanor assault of two manicurists at a Manhattan nail salon in August 2004 in a fight over how much she owed.

The one-year sentence means Brown - with time off for good behavior for her detention that began last month - will be eligible for parole in eight months.

At the start of the hearing, Probation Department lawyer Matilda Leo told the judge that Brown had been indicted Friday in Brooklyn on charges of assault, attempted assault and criminal possession of a weapon - the cell phone- in the alleged assault on Raymond.

Last month, in a court appearance after the arrest related to Raymond, Brown's lawyers told the judge the rapper was three months pregnant. No one made any mention Friday of Brown expecting a baby.