Lil Wayne Pleads Guilty to Gun Charge

Celebuzz / October 22, 2009

Lil Wayne is probably wishing that he’d left that hot revolver at home right about now.

The Associated Press reports that the “Prom Queen” rapper—born Dwayne Carter—is expected to receive a one-year jail sentence after pleading guilty to attempted weapon possession on Thursday.

In a New York court, Carter acknowledged carrying a loaded .40 caliber semi-automatic on his tour bus when police, smelling marijuana smoke emanating from the bus, pulled the vehicle over in New York’s Columbus Circle on July 22, 2007.

According to police, Carter threw away a Louis Vuitton bag carrying the gun as an officer approached the vehicle. Carter’s defense attorney, Stacey Richman, initially maintained that the gun was not Carter’s, but the prosecution countered that small amounts of DNA were found on the weapon that tied it to Carter.

The rapper’s trial had been scheduled to begin on January 20. Carter will remain free on bail until his February sentencing.

In the meantime, he also faces  trial in Arizona on felony drug and weapons charges, stemming from a January 2008 arrest at a U.S. Border Patrol checkpoint.