Lil Wayne, born Dwayne Michael Carter Jr., pleaded guilty to a federal firearms possession charge. The 38-year-old rapper confessed on Friday during a virtual hearing at a Miami federal court.
Carter will face a maximum of 10 years, stemming from a previous gun-related conviction. However, his confession may lead to a leaner sentence on January 28, 2021, when his full sentence is handed out.
“Your honor, I plead guilty to the charge,” Carter told U.S. District Judge Kathleen Williams.
On December 23, 2019, federal agents arrested Carter after an anonymous tip led to the discovery of a gold-plated .45-caliber Glock pistol and ammunition in his private jet at Miami-Opa Locka Executive Airport.
During the incident, Lil Wayne admitted to receiving drugs, ecstasy, and a $25,000 cash gift as Father’s Day gifts. However, the agents did not file drug-related charges. He was released after paying a $250,000 bail and surrendering his passport as required by the court.
Howard Srebnick, Lil Wayne’s defense attorney, said that his client didn’t intend to use the firearm, never brandished it, or used the handgun to threaten anyone. Using Amy Coney Barrett’s argument, Srebnick said that Carter was not a dangerous person.
During the plea, Srebnick disclosed that Carter decided against pursuing the suppression of his Second Amendment rights argument, although it was still a viable avenue.
“I must say I thought it was a very viable motion. He has decided not to pursue a motion to suppress,” Srebnick said.
Wayne was previously sentenced to eight months in prison on Riker Island, New York, for a similar firearm possession charge in 2010.
Lil Wayne endorsed President Trump for a second term in office in November. He also disclosed that he discussed prison reforms with President Trump during a visit to the White House.
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