Grammy-nominated rapper Mystical sentenced to year in prison

Grammy-nominated rapper Mystikal has been sentenced to a year in &to=http://english.pravda.ru/world/2001/02/21/2628.html' target=_blank>prison for trying to cheat the federal government out of $271,000 (Ђ225,100) in taxes.

U.S. District Judge James Brady said Thursday that he would allow Mystikal, whose real name is Michael L. Tyler, to serve the sentence at the same time he serves a state sentence for sexual battery against his former hairstylist.

Tyler is serving a six-year sentence for the videotaped attack on the woman. He pleaded guilty in June 2003 to forcing her to perform oral sex after accusing her of stealing $80,000 (Ђ66,450) worth of his checks.

In the tax case, Tyler pleaded guilty in August to two misdemeanor counts of failing to file tax returns on $824,916 (Ђ685,200) he earned in 1998 and $930,953 (Ђ773,280) in 1999. The judge ordered him to pay back taxes and penalties in addition to the one-year sentence.