The Grammy winner, whose real name is Marshall Bruce Mathers III, pleaded guilty to a weapons charge in February in a plea bargain with Macomb County prosecutors who sought no more than a three-month sentence. He could have faced five years in prison on a dropped charge of assault with a dangerous weapon.
Judge Antonio Viviano sentenced Mathers to two years of probation and ordered him to begin counseling and undergo periodic drug testing.
The assault occurred June 4, 2000, outside the Hot Rock Cafe in Warren, Mich., when Mathers used an unloaded gun to hit a man he saw kissing his wife, Kimberley, 26.
Mathers, 28, filed for divorce on March 2 just two months after the couple reconciled for the sake of their 5-year-old daugher, Hailie Jade. The couple had been high school sweethearts.
Mathers still faces charges of brandishing a weapon in Oakland County earlier that day. He has been charged with threatening an associate of Insane Clown Posse, a rap group from Novi, Mich., with a gun in Royal Oak.
The millionaire rapper wore a dark suit and tie and did not speak until he was outside the courtroom.
"The judge treated me fair, like any other human being," he said.
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