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Stanley "Flesh-N-Bone" Howse has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for assault with an assault rifle and being an ex-convict with a gun.

Howse, of the Grammy-winning rap group Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, had faced up to 19 years in prison for the Dec. 26, 1999, incident. Superior Court Judge Darlene Schempp gave him the lesser term after reviewing documents showing the rapper was abused as a child.

"This is one of the worst cases I've read in terms of childhood abuse," the judge said.

The rapper was convicted in June of pointing an AK-47 at a man, despite the victim's testimony that Howse never threatened him with a gun.

Defense attorney Jonathan Kissler told the judge his 27-year-old client "suffered horrendous childhood trauma" that impact his adult life.

"He loves guns and that's something that bothers the court, bothers society and bothers himself," Kissler said.

Howse has been convicted seven times since the mid-1990s of crimes ranging from assault to spousal abuse, according to court documents.

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