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OTRC: Ja Rule to serve 2 years in prison for gun possession after reaching plea deal

Ja Rule began a 2-year prison sentence for felony charges of criminal possession of a weapon on June 8, 2011. The incident stems from a 2007 arrest. In July of that year, police had said they found a loaded .40-caliber semiautomatic gun in his Maybach sports car following a concert in the city with Lil Wayne, who was detained separately. Ja Rule pleaded guilty at a New York court in December 2010 to attempted criminal possession of a weapon. In November, Lil Wayne completed an 8-month prison sentence after reaching a plea deal regarding the same case. Ja Rule is also scheduled to be sentenced on June 13, 2011 on three tax evasion charges and faces up to one year in prison and $100,000 in fines on each count. In March 2011, Ja Rule said that he failed to pay taxes on more than $3 million in income and could face more prison time. Ja Rule earned the money between 2004 and 2006. The Associated Press said that if plea conditions are met, the government will dismiss two counts against him for unpaid taxes on $1 million he earned in 2007 and 2008. (Pictured: Ja Rule appears in an undated 2010 photo posted on his website.) (jarule.net)

Ja Rule is reportedly set to be sent to prison for a 2007 gun possession charge after reaching a plea deal with prosecutors.

The 34-year-old rapper pleaded guilty in a New York court to attempted criminal possession of a weapon after police said they found a loaded .40-caliber semiautomatic gun in his Maybach sports car in July 2007 following a concert in the city with Lil Wayne, who was detained separately.

Lil Wayne last month completed an 8-month prison sentence after reaching a plea deal regarding the same case. Ja Rule, whose real name is Jeffrey Atkins, is expected to be sentenced on Feb. 8, when he is expected to show up in court again, and will likely serve 16 months behind bars, MTV News said.

"Minor setback for a Major comeback!!!" Ja Rule said on his Twitter page. "What did I do to deserve this!!! (Ross voice)"

Ja Rule is known for songs such as "I'm Real" with Jennifer Lopez and his 2001 album "Pain is Love" was nominated for a Grammy Award. He has also has appeared in films such as "The Fast and the Furious" in 2001 and "Scary Movie 3" in 2003.


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