2020 is shaping up to be a year of legal woes for Lil Wayne. Fresh off the filing of an apparent $20 million lawsuit from his former lawyer/manager, comes news that the 38-year-old rapper pleaded guiltily to a federal weapons possession charge on Friday (Dec. 11).
“Your honor, I plead guilty to the charges,” Wayne told U.S. District Judge Kathleen Williams during a remote court appearances, NBC News reports.
The father of four was charged with criminal possession of a firearm and ammunition for allegedly carrying a gold-plated .45 caliber gun on a private plane late las year.
As a convicted felon, the New Orleans native is not allowed to carry guns. He faces up to a decade in prison if convicted.
“The federal sentencing guidelines call for substantially lower [amount of prison time] and I would not look at the maximum exposure to decide anyone’s sentence and all the facts need to be thoroughly reviewed,” his lawyer Howard Srebnick said last month according to CNN.
Wayne’s recent gun charges stems from a 2009 felony conviction, which was handed down after he was found with a gun on his tour bus in New York City two years earlier. The rapper served nearly a year in prison for the gun charge (Weezy’s lawyer told CNN that the gun in that case didn’t belong to the rapper but he copped a plea deal anyway).
His sentencing date in the latest gun case has been set for Jan. 28, 2021.