News: Ja Rule's "Get Out Of Jail Free" Pass Valid 'Til Summer
Wednesday, Mar 9, 2011 12:45PM
New York rapper Ja Rule has more free time on his hands before starting a speculated two-year jail sentence for gun conviction, as his start date is now delayed through the spring.
According to new reports, Rule has until early June before heading into the big house.
Ja Rule is set to go to prison in June in a New York City gun case. On Wednesday, a judge set a June 8 date for the platinum-selling rapper-actor's sentencing. His lawyer says he'll spend the intervening months finishing a new album, "Renaissance Project," and taking care of tax matters. The 35-year-old performer pleaded guilty in December to attempted weapon possession. He agreed to a two-year prison term. (Wall Street Journal)
Rule's attorney confirmed the extension and said the rapper will handle other matters in the meantime.
The extra time will allow the 34-year-old performer to settle a lingering federal tax matter and finish his latest album, said his lawyer, Stacey Richman. Ja Rule -- caught with a loaded, unlicensed gun back in July, 2007 -- left court smiling broadly. "We want to finish the album, and there's also a tax issue," said Richman. "Somebody, an accountant, had filed an incorrect form, and this is to correct what was done in the past," she said. (New York Post)
It was revealed last month that Rule's fate would be uncovered today.
Ja Rule appeared in court on February 9 to respond of illegal possession of weapons. The sentence, however, has been postponed to March. Jeffrey Atkins, mostly known for his stage name Ja Rule, faced court on February 9 to understand when his first day of prison will be. However, the rapper was told he has to wait until March 9 to know when he will have to surrender to police authorities for his 2 year sentence. (Suite 101)
Rule's gun possession arrest took place in summer 2007 after leaving a Lil Wayne concert.
Ja Rule was leaving the Beacon Theater when his car was stopped. Police said they smelled marijuana and found a .40-caliber semiautomatic gun in the rear driver's side door. He wasn't charged with drug possession, and a judge threw out the rapper's statement to police that he had "a little bit of weed" in his pocket. (Baltimore Sun)
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