The Mack has returned to the slammer. British R&B/hip-hop bad boy Mark Morrison--whose single "Return of the Mack" is lodged in the number-three hole on Billboard--was sentenced Thursday to a three-month stay in a London jail for threatening a police officer with a stun gun.

As the bobby told it, a Taser-armed Morrison was casing a local convenience store last October, waiting for an opportunity to sack the joint. No way, retorted Morrison, he was just hungry. And, he said, he picked up the stun gun in the States to protect himself.

But the gun is illegal in Britain--so, hungry or not, Morrison was found guilty. No stranger to prison, having served a three-month sentence two years ago for an altercation in a London club, Morrison then asked the judge if he could perform community service to avoid a return trip to the pen. His plea was turned down.

After completing his 1995 prison stint, Morrison vowed to be a model citizen. His album Return of the Mack and its chart-climbing single of the same name, supposedly reflected the change. "When I wrote that song, it was all about my moving from the negative into the postive," he said when Mack was released in the U.S. earlier this year (it made its U.K. debut in 1996). "And that's how it turned out. Within the space of a year, I went from the lowest point of my life to return as 'The Mack,' and move forward to what's become the highest point of my life." So much for a new leaf.

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