Ja Rule Pleads Guilty, Faces 2 Years in Prison on Gun Charge
Ja Rule is headed to the big house. The “Put It on Me” rapper copped a plea deal Monday morning to attempted criminal possession of a weapon stemming from an arrest in July 2007, when he was pulled over by police following a performance with Lil Wayne at New York City’s Beacon Theatre. The 34-year-old was promised two years in prison when he is sentenced in February.
“Because of your guilty plea here today, you’ll have a record of having committed a violent felony. This is a very serious matter,” Manhattan state Supreme Court Justice Richard Carruthers told the platinum-selling MC.
He could have faced up to 15 years in prison, if convicted on the gun charge. “This isn’t a good day,” said Rule as he left the court. He is due back February 9, according to the AP.
Rule, born Jeffrey Atkins, wasn’t the only one who was discovered packing heat after the ’07 show. Wayne was also pulled over and arrested for weapons possession upon leaving the venue, resulting in a year-long bid at Rikers Island. He was released from jail last month after serving eight months of his sentence.