Lil Wayne Pleads to Gun Charge
Rapper could serve a year over 2007 incident
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Oct 22, 2009 10:48 AM CDT
Lil' Wayne in May.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Grammy-winning rapper Lil Wayne pleaded guilty to attempted weapons possession today and expects to receive a one-year jail sentence. He previously had pleaded not guilty to illegal gun possession charges that carried at least 3 1/2 years in prison upon conviction. Police said a gun was found on his tour bus in Manhattan in 2007. His trial had been due to start Jan. 20. Lil Wayne remains free on bail while awaiting his February sentencing. He did not speak as he left court.

Police pulled over Lil Wayne's tour bus in Columbus Circle on July 22, 2007. They said they had seen and smelled marijuana smoke wafting out the door, and that as an officer approached, the rapper tossed away a Louis Vuitton bag containing a gun. Lil Wayne, 27, is also scheduled for trial in Arizona on felony drug possession and weapons charges. He has pleaded not guilty in that case, which arose from a January 2008 arrest at a border checkpoint.