Rapper Lil Wayne pleads guilty to Florida gun charge (it was a gold-plated pistol)
MIAMI — One year after flying to Miami in a chartered plane with a bag packed with a gold-plated handgun and drugs,rapper Lil Wayne pleaded guilty Friday to possessing a firearm as a formerly convicted felon.
Lil Wayne, who had a felony gun-possession record from New York, was charged only with the new firearm offense despite being caught with marijuana, cocaine and other drugs during his holiday trip from Los Angeles to Miami, according to court records.
“Your honor, I plead guilty,” the 38-year-old rapper told U.S. District Judge Kathleen Williams during a virtual hearing in Miami federal court.
Local and federal authorities discovered the weapon, which was loaded with six rounds of ammunition, during a search of the jet on Dec. 23, 2019, but they let the famous rapper go with the rest of his entourage. He celebrated the holidays at his waterfront home on upscale Allison Island in Miami Beach.
Lil Wayne, who was charged in mid-November, faces up to 10 years in prison at a Jan. 28 sentencing hearing before Judge Williams.
It’s uncertain whether the rapper, whose real name is Dwayne Michael Carter Jr., will serve much hard time. Generally, sentencing guidelines range from one year to two years with his acceptance of responsibility on the gun charge, but his criminal history will be a potential factor in his punishment.
Before the presidential election last month, Lil Wayne tweeted a photo of himself with President Donald Trump, drawing immediate backlash on social media. Now that he has pleaded guilty to the new gun charge, the rapper might ask Trump, who was defeated by Democrat Joe Biden, to consider a pardon before he leaves office on Jan. 20.
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