Southern rapper Petey Pablo has confessed to his role in bringing a gun to North Carolina’s Raleigh-Durham International Airport last September which resulted in an arrest.
Pablo appeared in court yesterday (March 16) to make a plea agreement.
Hip-hop artist Petey Pablo has pleaded guilty to possession of a stolen firearm. The rapper, whose real name is Moses Barrett III, appeared in federal court Wednesday to enter his guilty plea. Federal prosecutors agreed to drop two other charges in a plea agreement. (The Canadian Press)
The rapper must wait nearly three months before his official sentencing.
Barrett was headed to Los Angeles for the MTV Video Music Awards but never boarded the flight. Further investigation revealed the gun was stolen. He is scheduled to return to court in June for sentencing. He faces up to 10 years in prison. (ABC News)
Details on the arrest hit the Internet around mid-September.
Raleigh-Durham International Airport spokeswoman Mindy Hamlin says 37-year-old Petey Pablo — whose real name is Moses Barrett III — was arrested Saturday 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)
Pablo later addressed the situation and defended his innocence.
Initially asked if the act was a publicity stunt, the convicted felon who attempted to bring a pistol onto an airplane via a carry-on bag revealed that he simply forgot about the weapon. “[It] looks terrible,” admitted the former Jive Records artist who now heads up CMG – Carolina Music Group. “A lot of people were disappointed. Understand, the situation…anybody that knows me knows that I ain’t gonna do nothin’ stupid,” continued Petey. Speaking about his culture, the “Raise Up” hit-maker asserted, “We don’t do stupid things.” Claiming that he believed the bag was weighted down with the two Apple laptops he frequently travels with, Petey Pablo acknowledged his mistake. “At the same time, I apologize to anybody that I may have let down. Understand, I did something that I thought was right at the time.” (Hip Hop DX)
Check out Petey Pablo speaking on the arrest down below: