Rapper Lil Wayne pled guilty in federal court to illegally possessing a firearm, prosecutors said on Friday, and he faces up to 10 years in prison. An anonymous tip led officers to the airport in search of Wayne. Wayne told them he had a gun in his bag.
Authorities said the 38-year-old rapper acknowledged possessing a.45 calibre, gold-plated handgun and six rounds of ammunition after his luggage was searched on arriving in Miami on December 23 2019 from California. "Mack and Cortez falsely told Lil Wayne, among other things, that Sweeney was improperly collecting fees to which he was not entitled and that the 10 percent fee Sweeney charged was exorbitant and against Lil Wayne's best interests".
The "Fireman" performer has a sentencing hearing scheduled for January 28, 2021, and according to TMZ, citing sources connected to the matter, Carter may be granted leniency in the case for owning up to his gaffe. "There is no allegation that he ever fired it, brandished it, used it or threatened to use it".
A spokesperson for Carter did not immediately respond to Fox News' request for comment.
Carter already has a felony gun conviction dating back to 2009.
Weezy, 38, faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted of another felony (he was convicted of a felony gun charge in January 2007) and will learn his fate on January 28 at his next hearing. Wayne spent eight months in Rikers Island jail and was released in 2010.
In addition to the lauded MC pleading guilty today, a former manager of the rapper is suing Lil Wayne for $20 million in unpaid commissions.