Ja Rule Pleads Guilty To Gun Case, Faces Two Years In Jail, But Will Not Go to Jail Until He Finishes Movie, Lawyer Says

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I am sadden to report to you guys that New York rapper Ja Rule has been sentenced to two years in Jail, after he accepted a plea deal. Jeffrey Atkins aka Ja Rule will officially be sentenced when he report to a Manhattan judge early next year. This all stem from a prior gun possession arrest on July 22, 2007,  when police found an unlicensed.40 caliber handgun in the backseat of his Maybach, following a traffic stop. Hours before the arrest, he was onstage with Lil Wayne at a concert at Manhattan’s Beacon Theater. Weezy was also picked up on the same day for possession of the same caliber pistol. The Young Money leader, who shares the same laywer as Rule, also eventually pleaded guilty to the attempted weapons possession charges. He served eight months in the case on good behavior and was just released last month.

According to the Associated Press, Ja pleaded guilty in a Manhattan courtroom earlier today (December 13) to attempted criminal possession of a weapon. He is expected to receive two years behind bars when he is formally sentenced in February.“Mr. Atkins stepped up and took responsibility,” Rule’s lawyer Stacey Richman told XXLMag.com

XXL spoke to Ja lawyer, Stacey Richman, who says she managed to work out a deal with the district attorney to keep him free until he finishes some prior business agreements.  “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,” she continued. “I mean he has a film to do. There are certain concerts to do.” As of press time it is uncertain exactly when Rule will be begin to serve his sentence but the movie he is working on will not begin filming until March of 2011.

Additional Reporting: XXL magazine

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