Former Def Jam rapper Ja Rule has reportedly been released from an upstate New York prison but still has more legal woes ahead of him in relation to a tax evasion conviction.
According to reports, Rule bid farewell to serving time in a gun conviction Thursday (February 21) but is now in federal custody.
Platinum-selling rapper Ja Rule was set to leave an upstate prison on Thursday after serving most of his two-year sentence for illegal gun possession but head straight into federal custody in a tax case. The rapper, who had been in protective custody at the Mid-State Correctional Facility because of his celebrity, has some time remaining on a 28-month sentence for tax evasion, correction officials said. His sentences were expected to run concurrently. (CBS News)
The former Murder Inc. Records star may be eligible to complete the tax-related bid in a halfway house and have to pay just over a million dollars to the government.
U.S. Marshals escorted the 36-year-old out of Mid-State Correctional Facility at 9:30 Thursday morning. It wasn’t immediately clear where he’ll serve time in the tax case. The rapper, who had been in protective custody because of his celebrity, has some time remaining on a 28-month sentence for tax evasion. His lawyer says Ja Rule, whose real name is Jeffrey Atkins, may have less than six months left and may be eligible for a halfway house. An order to pay $1.1 million in back taxes is one of the main reasons he wants to get back to work. (New York Daily News)
Last November, buzz about his potential release from prison bubbled online.
Ja Rule checked in to his current prison term in June of last year, and in just a few more months, he’ll be able to wave goodbye to his cell…hopefully for good! His site has announced that the New York rapper will be released from jail in February of next year, which gives him just 3 months until freedom! The site also posted some recent pics of Ja from behind bars, and it looks like he’s been hitting the gym heavy! (In Flex We Trust)
In December 2011, Rule inked an open letter describing his time behind bars.
“My first n*ght here was crazy inmates screaming, banging, and kicking the doors calling the male CO’s b*tch a** n*ggas & f*ggots telling the female CO’s how they gonna f*ck em, throwing plates of food out their cells onto the floor LOL. WELCOME TO THE GREEN MONSTER! This type of sh*t would never happen upstate at best you’d be in the box for a month at worst the infirmary. I even got into it wit these stupid n*ggas trying to assassinate my character talkin about I’m snitching to the guards and that I’m getting special treatment. I barked on these n*ggas and set em straight cause as a man there’s only so much you can take before you snap. At first I tried to ignore there lil comments until they started talkin sh*t like they gonna kick my door and all this clown sh*t. But the funny thing is when I started screaming on them lettin them know they got the wrong n*gga they got excited it was like that’s what they wanted to bring the hood out of me. That’s when I realized that I’m dealing wit kids they can’t be n*ggas my age cause that would’ve lead to instant confrontation not instant admiration.” (VIBE)
Check out some past Ja Rule footage: