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Charges against rapper dropped

Prosecutors determine that they are unable to proceed with the case against Stanley Howse

Posted: April 20, 2009 5:42 p.m.
Updated: April 20, 2009 5:42 p.m.
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Los Angeles County prosecutors dropped all charges Monday against Grammy-award-winning rapper Stanley "Flesh-N-Bone" Howse, a convicted felon on trial for possession of a gun and marijuana.

Charges were dropped in a Santa Clarita courtroom after prosecutors were unable to proceed with the case, said Shiara Davila-Morales, a spokeswoman with the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office.

She had no further information on why the charges were dropped.

Howse, 35, faced felony charges of possession of a firearm by a felon and possession of ammunition, and a misdemeanor charge of possession of marijuana.

Santa Clarita Valley sheriff's deputies reported finding a gun, ammunition and marijuana in Howse's home April 2. A traffic stop prompted sheriff's deputies to search the parolee's Canyon Country home.

Howse was paroled in July 2008 after serving 10 years in prison for assault with a deadly weapon against a peace officer.

Random searches are a condition of his parole, Lt. Mike Dunkle said.

Defense attorney Shepard Kopp told The Signal last week the marijuana had been medically prescribed.

The handgun was registered to Howse's wife, a police officer on leave from the Chicago Police Department.

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