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The rap artist Earl Simmons, known as DMX, has finally started serving his jail sentence here for driving without a license.

Simmons' local attorney, Mark J. Mahoney, said his client landed at Buffalo Niagara International Airport Monday afternoon and went straight to the Erie County Correctional Facility in Alden, where he surrendered.

Mahoney thanked interim Superintendent Donald J. Livingston for arranging Simmons' surrender "without complications." He said Simmons was "in with the general population."

Mahoney said that Simmons' 15-day sentence would be reduced automatically by one-third. The day of his arrest also would be deducted from the sentence, Mahoney added.

"He should be out next Tuesday or Wednesday," Mahoney said.

Simmons, a White Plains resident who was nominated for two Grammy awards this year, was stopped on the Kensington Expressway in Cheektowaga last March 29, three hours after performing a concert in Buffalo.

He pleaded guilty in May to driving without a license, marijuana possession and two parking tickets. It was his fifth arrest for unlicensed driving since September 1998 and his second in less than a week.

Simmons' attorneys fought the sentence unsuccessfully all the way through the state court system and into Federal Court. U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara refused to grant Simmons a stay of sentence on Feb. 8.

On the following day, Cheektowaga Town Justice Ronald E. Kmiotek, who imposed the penalty on Simmons, signed a warrant for his arrest to serve the sentence. Simmons was in California filming a video at the time.

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