Rapper Makes A Plea Deal

Begins Serving His Probation

Mack Maine, the rapper, has made a plea deal and has begun serving a three-year probation sentence that followed a 2013 Oklahoma criminal case.

Maine, 35, was accused of groping one woman and punching another woman on a tour bus after rapper Lil Wayne’s concert in Oklahoma City on Aug. 21, 2013. He and Lil Wayne are friends. The nationally-known rapper was charged in Oklahoma County District Court with a felony count of aggravated assault and battery and a felony count of sexual battery. A jury trial had been set for last week. Instead, he reached a plea agreement with prosecutors and was sentenced Oct. 8.

Under the agreement, he was ordered to be on probation for three years and to pay a $45 fine, a $45 victims compensation assessment and $583 in court costs. Restitution was not required because he already had reached a private settlement with the assault victim. Prosecutors dropped the sexual battery count. The rapper did not plead guilty to the assault count. Instead, he entered a so-called Alford plea, the name of which comes from a 1970 U.S. Supreme Court decision. Under an Alford plea, a defendant accepts a sentence for a crime while still asserting innocence.

The outcome makes the rapper a convicted felon.

“He’s glad it’s over,” his defense attorney, Tony Coleman, said last week. The attorney also said Oklahoma County prosecutors treated Maine fairly.

Prosecutors said the rapper punched the assault victim, Cailey Maddox, in the face, fracturing her jaw. Police reported Miss Maddox was walking down the steps of the tour bus when she was hit. She and her friend were leaving because Maine had grabbed the friend’s breast, police said in a report. The friend told police she slapped his hand away and said, “What the hell do you think you are doing?” a police report said.

Maine was charged under his real name, Jermaine Anthony Preyan. He lives in Georgia, according to court records.