Tony Yayo's avoided the same fate as the Game.

Days after his former G-Unit running mate was sentenced two months in a Los Angeles jail for pulling out a gun during a schoolyard basketball game, Yayo got off with community service in his own criminal case.

The 29-year-old rapper, whose real name is Marvin Bernard, admitted in Manhattan Criminal Court Thursday that he threatened but did not touch the 14-year-old son of the Game's manager, Jimmy "Henchman" Rosemond.

In a court declaration, Yayo copped to "glaring" at James Rosemond Jr. in a way that was "meant to threaten physical violence" during a confrontation in March 2007.

The "Mo Money, Mo Problems" emcee had been accused of actually striking the teen, who was standing across the street from Violator Management, the Big Apple base of 50 Cent and his G-Unit crew. The younger Rosemond was wearing a T-shirt touting his dad's Czar Entertainment.

But last month, Yayo attorney Scott Leemon filed evidence showing that the rapper's acquaintance Lowell Fletcher had told police it was he who slapped the boy and Yayo pulled him away.

Yayo pleaded guilty to a violation, a lesser offense than a misdemeanor. He will do 10 days of community service at the Book Bank Foundation, an organization that promotes literacy.

Fletcher pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor count of endangering the welfare of a child for grabbing the teen. He received a nine-month jail sentence.

In a statement, the boy's family said Yayo "tried to wiggle his way out of his role" in the incident and demanded a public apology.

 

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