News: Petey Pablo Can't Raise Up Over Gun Charge, Slapped W/ Prison Time

Tuesday, Sep 27, 2011 12:30PM

Written by Biz Jones

Southern rapper Petey Pablo has reportedly been sentenced to nearly three years behind bars after pleading guilty to gun possession at a North Carolina airport last spring.

Details of the rapper's sentencing emerged online Tuesday (September 27).

Rapper and Wake Forest resident Petey Pablo was sentenced Monday to 35 months in prison on a federal gun charge, authorities said. Pablo, 38, whose real name is Moses Barrett III, pleaded guilty in March to possession of a stolen firearm. The rapper, best known for his hit songs "Raise Up" and "Freek-a-Leek," was arrested at Raleigh-Durham International Airport on Sept. 11, 2010, when a security screener found a 9mm handgun in his carry-on luggage. Investigators later determined that the gun was stolen during a 2005 residential burglary in Gardena, Calif., authorities said. (WRAL News)

When asked about the possibility of jail time last week, Pablo expressed hopes for a positive outcome.

"I mean, I always feel confident," Pablo said in an interview. "In the end, the truth always comes to the light. And, regardless of what the outcome is, I'm a man. And whatever has been written in my book of life is written in my book of life. So whatever the outcome of any situation is, I have no choice but to handle it." (Hip Hop DX)

The "Raise Up" rapper was arrested on a gun possession charge a year ago.

Raleigh-Durham International Airport spokeswoman Mindy Hamlin says 37-year-old Petey Pablo -- whose real name is Moses Barrett III -- was arrested Saturday (September 11) morning. He is charged with being a felon with a gun and carrying a concealed, stolen weapon. Hamlin says Transportation Security Administration agents found a gun in the rapper's carry-on luggage. (Associated Press)

Despite the incident's seriousness, Pablo was released shortly afterward on bail.

According to cops, Pablo was busted at Raleigh-Durham International Airport -- he was allegedly on his way to Los Angeles and the MTV Video Music Awards. We're told the rapper was going through security and the gun was spotted in his carry-on bag -- security then called airport police. Pablo, real name Moses Barrett III, was charged with carrying a concealed weapon, possession of a firearm by a felon and possession of a stolen firearm. We're told he posted $50,000 and was released. (TMZ)

No further details have been revealed as of now.

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