Lil Wayne

In Entertainment on October 18, 2010 at 6:35 pm

By: Courtney Harrington

After being arrested for the possession of a loaded gun, Lil Wayne was sentenced to 10 months in jail. Photo courtesy of Google images

            On Sunday, July 22, 2007, Dwayne Michael Carter Jr., otherwise known as Lil Wayne, was arrested in New York City. That Sunday night was Wayne’s first big performance in the “Big Apple.” He was performing at the Beacon Theatre; Wayne called the performance his “Big Apple debut.” Only a short few hours after the end of the show, police pulled over Wayne’s tour bus and arrested him after finding a loaded gun on the bus.

            Wayne was later pulled off the road at around 11:30 P.M. when police proceeded to search the bus. They found a .40 caliber pistol. Another guy on the bus was charged for possession of marijuana. However, according to one of Wayne’s sources, he has a permit for a gun. Even before the show in New York City, Wayne claimed that police were harassing him, and he threatened to never perform in New York again.

            After Wayne’s court case in March of 2010, he was sentenced to a year in jail. DNA tests directly linked him to the weapon. If he maintains good behavior, he could be out in eight months. The original date for his jail time was scheduled to begin in February, but was delayed so that he could complete dental surgery he was having. It was once again delayed after a fire broke out at the Lower Manhattan court. Before coming to a plea deal, Wayne was expected to spend up to 15 years in prison. New York is known to be one of the toughest states in the United States when dealing with gun laws. In a different state, Wayne could have gotten off with a fine and probation for the same crime. The fact that the gun was loaded sunk the rapper even deeper. “Basically, the old law required someone to have a loaded weapon and intend to use it before the mandatory minimum would kick in. And basically, what they did is they took that out of the law. So the mere possession of a loaded weapon in New York State is a felony,” Scott Leemon, New York defense attorney, stated.

            Stacey Richman, the rapper’s lawyer, was confused by the arrest. The possession of a loaded gun could have sent him to prison from anywhere to three and a half years to 15. He was also issued a 70 thousand dollar bond. “He was in the bus in his boxer shorts with a number of other people. Unless his boxer shorts had a pocket for his gun, I don’t understand how he had it on him,” Richman said. She questioned why the other people on the tour bus were not also arrested and charged.

            Earlier this month, Wayne was moved into “punitive segregation.” That means that Wayne will be in an isolated cell for 23 hours of a day and will only be allowed one hour of supervised recreation each day. He will not have any contact with the rest of the prison. Wayne is expected to spend 30 days in punitive segregation. The rapper will hopefully be released from prison on November 3 to return to his life of fame.


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