Coolio Faces Felony Charge for Alleged Gun in Carry-On Bag
He's been charged with felony possession of a firearm by a felon
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Oct 13, 2016 6:48 PM CDT
Coolio has been charged with felony gun possession after a firearm was allegedly found in his carry-on bag at Los Angeles International Airport.   (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)

(Newser) – Authorities say Coolio has been charged with a felony after a gun was found in a backpack at Los Angeles International Airport, the AP reports. The rapper, whose real name is Artis Leon Ivey Jr., was charged Thursday with one felony count of possession of a firearm by a felon. Prosecutors say a handgun was found in Coolio's carry-on bag during security screening at LAX in September. If convicted, Coolio faces a maximum sentence of three years in state prison. Coolio has two prior convictions in 2001 and 2009 for carrying a concealed weapon in a vehicle and drug possession.