Rapper Lil Wayne – real name Dwayne Carter – recently pleaded guilty to attempted gun possession in front of Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Charles Solomon.
He pleaded not guilty to the charge of criminal possession of a weapon because he claims the gun was not his.
The Associated Press reported that Lil Wayne received one year in prison for his conviction. If he would have been convicted of criminal possession he would have faced three-and–a-half years in prison, which is the mandatory sentence in the state of New York.
Lil Wayne was arrested back in July 2008 for possession of a .40 caliber pistol. Police pulled over the rapper’s bus after it left the Manhattan concert venue, The Beacon Theater.
Police claimed they smelled marijuana smoke coming from the bus when it was parked in the lot of the venue. The officers made everyone exit the bus, and then they found Lil Wayne in the back.
Police stated that as they approached the rapper, he discarded a Louis Vuitton bag containing the gun. Lil Wayne is not licensed in the state of New York to carry a gun.
Lil Wayne’s defense attorney, Stacey Richman, claimed the gun did not belong to her client but to one of his associates who was willing to take full responsibility and ownership of the gun.
Richman continued to state the prosecutors allegedly used faulty forensics to investigate the case. There was a very tiny sample of cells taken from the trigger that match Lil Wayne’s genetic profile.
During the court proceedings both sides argued to determine if this small sample was evidence enough to link the gun to him.
The Manhattan District Attorney’s office states the small amount of DNA cells linked the gun to Lil Wayne, and they believe this method of DNA testing is accurate, but the defense disputes the accuracy.
Lil Wayne is also facing trial in Arizona on felony drug possession and a weapons charge. He was stopped and arrested at a border patrol checkpoint in 2008. He pleaded not guilty to these charges brought against him.
His slew of legal troubles may or may not have any effect on his music career besides the obvious that he will be unable to tour for the year he is in prison. At this point he is still a popular artist.
His court date for his New York arrest is December 15 of this year – the same day his new album “Rebirth” is scheduled to be released.