Booking photo of Stanley Howse A.K.A. Flesh-N-Bone (Cuyahoga County Sheriff's Office / March 29, 2010)
Stanley Howse, 36, best known as Flesh-N-Bone of Grammy Award-winning group Bone Thugs-N-Harmony can’t seem to shake the legal system off his back after he was arrested last night (Sunday, March 28) in his hometown of Cleveland, Ohio during a Bone concert at the House of Blues.
The arrest stems from two outstanding warrants, “Domestic Violence with a Firearm Specification” and “Felonious Assault with a Firearm Specification,” which date back to 1998.
Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s spokesman John O’Brien states that the warrants involve Flesh-N-Bone’s 1998 assault on his mother, striking her in the head with a gun and leaving a gash on her head. This shocking new report regarding his mother makes this event even sadder.
Getting caught up in the legal system is not new to Flesh-N-Bone. In fact, the rapper had many run-ins with the law ever since Bone Thugs-N-Harmony entered the music industry in 1993.
In 2000, his freedom was stripped away when he was given a 12-year prison sentence in California for threatening a man with an AK-47 assault rifle. After spending eight and a half years in Pleasant Valley State Prison, he was released in 2008 and rejoined his Bone brothers (Krayzie Bone, younger brother Layzie Bone, Bizzy Bone, and cousin Wish Bone) to record the group’s upcoming album as a quintet, set to drop in May.
Being in prison for an extended period of time may have washed away his memories of these warrants in Cleveland, or maybe he had no knowledge of these warrants. Nonetheless, these outstanding warrants, despite them being old, are serious.
According to Ohio Laws and Rules (Chapter 2903), Felonious Assault is a major offense. The provision, in part, states the following:
"Regardless of whether the felonious assault is a felony of the first or second degree under division (D)(1)(a) of this section, if the offender also is convicted of or pleads guilty to a specification as described in section 2941.1423 of the Revised Code that was included in the indictment, count in the indictment, or information charging the offense, except as otherwise provided in this division or unless a longer prison term is required under any other provision of law, the court shall sentence the offender to a mandatory prison term as provided in division (D)(8) of section 2929.14 of the Revised Code. If the victim of the offense is a peace officer or an investigator of the bureau of criminal identification and investigation, and if the victim suffered serious physical harm as a result of the commission of the offense, felonious assault is a felony of the first degree, and the court, pursuant to division (F) of section 2929.13 of the Revised Code, shall impose as a mandatory prison term one of the prison terms prescribed for a felony of the first degree.”
This language is heavy and may be problematic for the rapper, considering his past troubles and prison term.
This is definitely not the homecoming that Flesh-N-Bone expected after being away from Cleveland nearly a decade, so hopefully his lawyers can resolve the issues of these dated warrants and get him back on the road with his Bone brothers.
Bone Thugs-N-Harmony’s next show will be held tonight (Monday, March 29) at The Vogue in Indianapolis, Indiana. With this situation, it is unknown if the concert will take place. (More than likely, it’s safe to assume that the show will go on without Flesh-N-Bone.) The group’s live Ustream chat, however, which was scheduled for today has been cancelled and rescheduled for a later date.
Neither the group nor its label has released a statement regarding the abrupt arrest and the future of the upcoming shows.
WEWSTV NewsChannel5 / Cleveland, OH
RAW footage by spectator DAN NOLAN
Click HERE to read prior article regarding Flesh-N-Bone's arrest