Rapper Ja Rule‘s attorney has stepped forward to discuss the former Murder Inc star’s guilty plea to a 2007 gun possession charge yesterday.
Although Rule is expected to serve two years in prison, attorney Stacey Richman said he will have time to complete his previous commitments before beginning the bid.
“It’s part of our discussions with the district attorney’s office,” she explained of the arrangement. “You have to think whenever you’re taking care of a person of this caliber with these type of commitments you have to anticipate their business commitments also…We have fought long and hard on the situation and they have agreed in regard to these commitments. I mean he has a film to do. There are certain concerts to do.” Richman told XXL that the rap vet will most likely only have to serve 18 to 20 months of the two year sentence, if he doesn’t cause any problems behind bars. (XXL Mag)
Following yesterday’s news, Rule publicly expressed his thoughts on the legal matter via Twitter.
“Minor setback for a Major comeback!!!,” Rule tweeted.
“What did I do to deserve this!!! (Ross voice)”
“Thanks for all the love and support!!! Renaissance Project coming REAL soon…” (Ja Rule’s Twitter)
Rule’s legal fate was announced in a Manhattan court Monday morning.
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 he performed at.
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: