New York rapper Ja Rule will learn his fate for a gun possession charge on the upcoming anniversary of the passing of late rap legend, The Notorious B.I.G.
Initially set to be sentenced yesterday (February 9), Rule’s court date was moved to B.I.G.’s March 9th anniversary.
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 also confirmed his day in court on Twitter yesterday.
“On my way to court day 1 of shooting for my new show…,” Rule tweeted. (Ja Rule’s Twitter)
The rapper’s initial legal fate was announced in a Manhattan court around mid-December.
Wearing dark-blue jeans and a black sweater, the rapper said “guilty” and answered yes to a judge’s questions in a low voice. “Because of your guilty plea here today, you’ll have a record of having committed a violent felony. This is a very serious matter,” Manhattan state Supreme Court Justice Richard Carruthers told the rapper. Ja Rule’s lawyer, Stacey Richman, had no immediate comment. Specifically, the rapper admitted to a charge that involves attempting to have a loaded gun outside one’s home or workplace. Ja Rule was promised two years in prison when he is sentenced in February. (Wall Street Journal)
Rule’s incident 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)
Check out some recent Ja Rule footage down below: