Lil Wayne Goes to Prison

A New York judge sentenced Lil Wayne to a year in prison today for a 2007 gun charge.

Rapper Lil Wayne appears in Manhattan Criminal Court in New York on Monday. Photo: Louis Lanzano/AP Images

A New York judge sentenced Lil Wayne to a year in prison today for a 2007 gun charge.

Fans and media crowded around the Manhattan Criminal Court Building for the rapper’s sentencing, which had been delayed twice, by Wayne’s dental surgery and a fire at the courthouse. Under the terms of a plea bargain, Wayne could be him out as early as October, according to MTV’s report.

The rapper reached a deal with prosecutors in November to plead out to a lesser deal, and in return, he is expected to be released from prison as early as October. In 2007, Lil Wayne was arrested for attempted gun possession following his first headlining performance in Manhattan at the Beacon Theatre.

New York is among the toughest states in the country when it comes to gun-possession laws. In other states, Lil Wayne could have gotten off with a misdemeanor rap and probation. However, in New York, only law-enforcement officials and those affiliated with authorities are permitted to carry firearms.

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