Rapper Beanie Sigel has been convicted of assault following a fight in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 2003.

The hitmaker, real name DWIGHT GRANT, was sentenced to two years probation and forced to pay $180 (GBP100) in court costs after his hearing this morning (10JAN06).

Sigel was charged after he broke a man's left eye socket in a fight outside a restaurant.

The case was the last in a series of criminal charges against Sigel, who has a long arrest record dating back to his youth in Philadelphia.

Sigel was released from a federal prison last summer (05) after serving nearly a year on a weapons charge that stemmed from a 2002 traffic stop in Philadelphia.

In September (05), a jury acquitted him of charges that he nearly shot a man to death in 2003.

He was also briefly jailed in November (05) until he paid $27,000 (GBP15,000) in child support.