Rapper Lil Wayne pleaded guilty on Friday of illegally carrying a gold-plated Glock pistol and 45-caliber ammunition as a criminal while traveling on a private jet last year.
“Your honor, I plead guilty,” the 38-year-old musician told the judge during a virtual hearing in federal court in Miami. After Lil Wayne was convicted of a gun charge back in 2007, he faces up to 10 years in prison when convicted on January 28th. However, taking responsibility can lead to lighter punishment.
Lil Wayne, born in Dwayne Michael Carter Jr., was charged last month with possessing a firearm and ammunition as a criminal in an incident on December 23, 2019, in which an anonymous lead Miami police and federal agents led one Find the jet he’d been in. Authorities said that in addition to the gun – which Lil Wayne said at the time he received it as a Father’s Day gift – they found cocaine, ecstasy, marijuana, heroin, pain relievers, and prescription cough syrup, and nearly $ 26,000 in cash. He was not charged with drug offenses.
Howard Srebnick, an attorney for the rapper, said last month that his client was not accused of brandishing or using the gun and asked why convicted offenders had been deprived of their second amendment rights.
Though Lil Wayne had recently appeared with President Trump and endorsed him shortly before the election, Srebnick said at the time of the indictment that he was “unaware of any attempt by the White House to intervene on Carter’s behalf on this case.” The US attorney for the southern Florida district said no one from the White House “called or intervened.”
Srebnick did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Friday.
Lil Wayne, who recently released a new mixtape titled “No Ceilings 3”, was also the subject of a civil lawsuit this week. Ronald Sweeney, a veteran entertainment attorney, sued the rapper for more than $ 20 million, claiming he was not fully compensated for his leadership role in 2018 due to a contractual dispute between Lil Wayne and his longtime labels Cash Money Records and Universal Music group .
Representatives of the rapper did not respond to a request for comment on the suit.