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"King of Freestyle" Stevie B

I'm Changing My Deadbeat Ways

10/3/2011 11:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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Latin legend Stevie B just pled guilty to owing $420,000 in unpaid child support -- but he has promised the court ... he's gonna do his damnedest to pay it off.

Stevie -- real name Steven Bernard Hill -- was arrested outside his concert in Massachusetts this weekend for owing the enormous sum to his baby mama.

Stevie was arraigned in court this morning -- and according to court sources, he promised to pay $921.25 a week in child support, and an additional $500 a month toward his arrears.

Stevie B is still in custody -- and must pay a $10,000 lump sum toward the $420,000 balance in order to get out of jail.

Stevie's lawyer tells TMZ, "This was an unfortunate misunderstanding and Stevie B is a wonderful and loving father and caring husband." He's due back in court on November 18th.

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