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Embattled rapper DMX was sentenced on Wednesday (3/28) to one year in prison and three years of supervised release for tax evasion after trying to avoid paying $1.7 million in federal taxes by concealing royalties and other income, according to TMZ.Dark Man X was initially charged by prosecutors with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York with 14 counts and a possible 44 years behind bars.

Back in November, DMX plead guilty to one count of tax evasion that came with a much lighter maximum sentence of five years in jail. Prior to his sentencing earlier today, the “Ruff Ryders Anthem” rapper took responsibility for his actions, confessing “he was too old to be doing the things he’s doing, and admitted he hasn’t been thinking straight,” per TMZ. His attorney Murray Richman played X’s music video for “Slippin’” to show that his client has endured a tough life. Not sure if those records helped, but it’s a lot better than 44 years in jail.

DMX’s sentencing came one day before it was originally planned because his lawyer wanted to attend the Mets’ Opening Day game against the St. Louis Cardinals at Citi Field on Thursday, according to Page Six. “I’ve heard of the Mets. They’re a mediocre team that sometimes tries to play baseball,” Manhattan federal Judge Jed Rakoff jokingly said. “I don’t want you to miss the sorrow of seeing their opening day.”  Maybe if X’s lawyer was a Yankee’s fan he might’ve got a lesser sentence. 

Complex reached out to Richman for comment, but he failed to respond by publication time.