Wayne’s plea bargain yesterday came along with some eminent jail time:
Lil Wayne’s heading to the big house. The “Hot Revolver” rapper struck a deal with Manhattan prosecutors and pleaded guilty to attempted weapons possession in exchange for a…… one-year prison sentence, a spokeswoman for the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office confirmed to E! News. The 27-year-old Grammy winner, aka Dwayne Carter III, appeared before Manhattan Criminal Court Judge Charles Solomon and copped to a felony count of attempted criminal possession of a weapon in the second degree. Hizzoner allowed the New Orleans MC to remain free on his current $30,000 bond but ordered him to surrender his passport.
No comment yet from Team Wayne. (Maybe he can ring up incarcerated pal T.I. and ask for some pointers?) Still, Weezy should consider himself lucky, given he could have gotten a much longer sentence if convicted on the original, more serious gun charges. Lil Wayne got into this mess on July 22, 2007 when police searched his tour bus following a concert at the Beacon Theater in New York City
and found a loaded .40-caliber pistol. He was initially booked on one count of criminal weapons possession and one count of criminal possession of a loaded weapon, charges carrying a minimum of three and a half years and a maximum of 15.
The Grammy winner’s plea bargain came a day after a hearing on DNA evidence in the case, in which his attorney, Stacey Richman, argued that the investigators’ profiling techniques weren’t widely accepted in the scientific community. Furthermore, the gun in question didn’t belong to her client but someone else on the bus. Lil Wayne’s trial was set to kick off Jan. 20. Solomon has now scheduled the next hearing for Dec. 15, at which point the case will be adjourned until February for sentencing.
While Wayne is in court pleading guilty, at least he knows someone has his back in these hard times. His ex-wife and baby mama Antonia Carter told us to pray for him while his daughter Reginae has been tweeting like it’s going out of style.
Wayne’s going to need all the love he can get while serving this bid. Word to the wise… Stay away from guns in NY people; you will do some time if you are caught… even if you are a star.