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Mystikal gets one year for tax charges

BATON ROUGE, La., Jan. 13 (UPI) -- A federal judge in Baton Rouge, La., has sentenced Grammy-nominated rapper Mystikal to a year in jail for failing to pay thousands of dollars in taxes.

U.S. District Judge James Brady said he was tempted to hand down a 2-year sentence to the New Orleans native born Michael L. Taylor, who is already serving time in the Elayn Hunt Correctional Center on a sexual battery charge, the Baton Rouge Advocate reported Friday.

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"I don't know that adding to your incarceration by nine months is going to make that much of a difference," Brady said. "But in the federal system, they're going to be looking at you closely. If you're stupid enough or careless enough to get into trouble again, you're going to be incarcerated for a long time."

The rapper pleaded guilty in August to failing to file tax returns on $824,916 he earned in 1998 and $930,953 in 1999. He has agreed to sell his Baton Rouge home to pay off the debt.

Meanwhile, he has a Jan. 19 parole hearing on his 6-year sentence for the sexual battery of his former hairdresser. He videotaped the woman being forced to perform oral sex as punishment for allegedly stealing $80,000 from him, the newspaper said. He pleaded guilty to that charge in 2003.

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